9:22am PT by Michael O'Connell
TV Ratings: More Than 24 Million Watched Bill Clinton at DNC, Night 2 Steady With 2012
Viewers tuned into the Democratic National Convention on Monday night, with north of 28 million watching across the networks that split coverage during the last hour of primetime. It set an optimistic tone for ratings, with the second of four nights at least drawing positive early returns from the broadcast networks.
With adjusted broadcast returns and fresh cable numbers, at least 24.3 million viewers watched former President Bill Clinton's Tuesday night speech between 10 and 11:15 p.m. ET. As it did on Monday night, NBC News led the pack among the broadcast networks — though CNN again topped all of TV with more than 5.9 million viewers during the shared hour.
NBC News pulled 5.3 million viewers, a narrower margin from the day before, and sister network MSNBC lured 3.8 million viewers. ABC News attracted 3.5 million, and CBS News drew 2.9 million. Fox News Channel, which dominated the GOP festivities, fell to last place — just a hair below CBS.
PBS returns have yet to come in, but those will likely put the second night of the DNC just over the comparable evening during 2012. The final tally on that night was 25.1 million.
In non-DNC programming, a steady America's Got Talent on NBC easily bested a special Tuesday outing of ABC's The Bachelorette in the key demo. The former series scored a 2.2 rating among adults 18-49, topping the latter's 1.4 rating.