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TV Ratings: DNC Outpacing RNC as NBC Tops Broadcast Net Coverage

Buoyed by appearances from first lady Michelle Obama and keynote speaker Julian Castro, the Democrats kick of their convention with slightly stronger numbers than Republicans' first night.

Democratic National Convention Michelle Obama - H 2012
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Fox topped Tuesday night in the demo once again. New episodes of Hell's Kitchen (2.5 rating among adults 18-49) and MasterChef (down a tenth of a point for a 2.7 adults rating) gave the network an average 2.6 rating with 18-49-ers for the night and 6.3 million viewers.

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With an advantage among total viewers and a clear win with coverage of the 2012 Democratic National Convention, NBC netted a 1.9 rating among adults 18-49 and 7.5 million viewers for the night. America's Got Talent was relatively steady with last Tuesday's performance, down just a tenth of a point and earning a 2.3 adults rating. DNC coverage matched last week's fast rating for night one of the RNC -- a 1.3 adults rating -- and topped last week's finals by two tenths of a point. (All ratings for DNC coverage are subject to time zone adjustments later today.)

Univision had a 1.4 adults rating for the night.

Encores led into CBS' coverage of the DNC. It's one-hour broadcast placed behind NBC and ABC in adults 18-49 with a 0.6 rating, a one tenth of a point growth from last week's fast and final numbers. The network averaged a 0.9 adults rating and 5.8 million viewers for the night.

ABC's comedy repeats preceded its own convention coverage, also up a tenth of a point from last week's fast and final number for a 0.7 rating with adults 18-49. The network averaged a 0.7 adults rating and 2.7 million viewers.

Repeats of Hart of Dixie and The Next gave the CW a 0.3 rating with 18-49-ers and 644,000 viewers.