August 28, 2020

Republican National Convention TV Ratings: Nights 1-4 (Cable & Broadcast Finals)

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Written by: Mitch Metcalf
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RNC Night 4: There were 19.7 million viewers 2+ across the six major television news networks for last night’s RNC coverage after 10:00 pm ET. That’s 2.1 million viewers below the same night for last week’s DNC and 11.1 million viewers below the final night of RNC 2016.

RNC Nights 1-4: For the entire week, the RNC averaged 17.3 million viewers 2+ in the post 10:00 pm ET coverage across the six major news networks, which is 2.9 million viewers below last week’s DNC and 6.6 million viewers below the four nights of RNC 2016.



RNC Night 3:

RNC Nights 1-3 Averages:

RNC Night 2. Up 2.1 million persons 2+ live+same day across the six major television news networks to just under 18 million viewers (and drawing within a few hundred thousand viewers of the DNC on the same night).

RNC averages Nights 1-2:

Night 1 RNC TV audiences for the six major news networks:

In the preliminary fast affiliate-based nationals for the 10-11 pm ET hour last night, coverage of Night 1 of the Republican National Convention on the three broadcast networks added up to 4.9 million persons 2+ and 1.4 million adults 25-54 in the news target demographic (below the 5.8 million P2+ and 1.5 million adults 25-54 in the fast nationals for Night of 1 of last week’s DNC and similar to the party differences on the first night the past few election cycles). These broadcast numbers will rise about +10% this afternoon in the official nationals when the live viewing outside of primetime in the West is factored in. Also, the lion’s share of RNC viewing last night on cable, particularly on Fox News, will be available this afternoon after 1 pm PT / 4 pm ET.


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.