August 21, 2020

Democratic National Convention Television Ratings: Nights 1-4

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Written by: Mitch Metcalf

DNC Night 4 ratings below. In the past three election cycles, the audience for the final night of the DNC went up between 4.4 million and 10.6 million viewers 2+ from the prior night across the six major news networks in the 10 pm ET hour. Last night was up a small 325K viewers from Wednesday to 21.8 million persons 2+ L+SD on ABC, CNN, CBS, Fox News, MSNBC and NBC at 10:00 pm ET.

DNC Night 3 ratings below. Up to 21.5 million persons 2+ L+SD across the six major news networks in the 10 pm hour (featuring former President Barack Obama and the VP acceptance speech by Senator Kamala Harris), now within the range of the same night the past three cycles (20.7 million to 23.7 million viewers). MSNBC again claimed first place with persons 2+, while CNN again was #1 with the adult 25-54 news demographic.

DNC Night 2 results below. 18.5 million persons 2+ in the 10-11 pm ET hour last night across the six major news networks. MSNBC was #1 with 5.4 million viewers and CNN #2 with 4.3 million. The chart yesterday for Night 1 had MSNBC’s 8-11 pm audience, and that chart has been corrected below with the 10 pm ET audience only. MSNBC also won the 10 pm hour for Night 1 with P2+.

CNN did continue to win the 25-54 target news demographic (1.3 million adults 25-54 to MSNBC’s 1.1 million in the 10 pm hour, while the broadcast networks and Fox News Channel were closer to half a million 25-54 year-olds last night at 10 pm).


CORRECTED Night 1 DNC ratings below, with MSNBC audience levels for the 10 pm ET hour, like all the other competitors.


About the Author

Mitch Metcalf
MITCH METCALF has been tracking every US film release of over 500 screens (over 2300 movies and counting) since the storied weekend of May 20, 1994, when Maverick and Beverly Hills Cop 3 inspired countless aficionados to devote their lives to the art of cinema. Prior to that, he studied Politics and Economics at Princeton in order to prepare for his dream of working in television. He has been Head of West Coast Research at ABC, then moved to NBC in 2000 and became Head of Scheduling for 11 years.