Obama-like tally for Palin

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Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's speech at the Republican National Convention on Wednesday nearly matched the record-setting numbers of Democrat Barack Obama.

Palin pulled in 37.2 million viewers across broadcast and cable networks, according to Nielsen Media Research. That's 55% higher than Day 3 of the DNC, when her Democratic counterpart, Joe Biden, and President Clinton took the stage (24 million).

It also is up a sharp 99% from the RNC's third day in 2004 (18.7 million) and easily bests the number of viewers attracted by George W. Bush when he accepted the nomination (27.6 million). It came close to upsetting Obama's historic address last week — the most-watched convention speech in history (38.4 million viewers).

The event also drew more female viewers than Hillary Clinton's speech last week. (partialdiff)
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