The second night of the Republican National Convention on Tuesday drew a bigger audience than Monday’s coverage, though it came up a little short of both the 2016 convention and last week’s Democratic Party gathering.
The six major channels covering the convention — CNN, Fox News and MSNBC on cable and broadcast networks ABC, CBS and NBC combined for just over 18 million viewers in the 10 p.m. ET hour. That’s up a good amount from the 15.85 million people who tuned in on Monday.
It’s down by 7 percent, however, from the 19.4 million viewers for the same night of the RNC in 2016. Night two of the Democratic convention last week brought in 18.6 million viewers on the same six outlets.
Fox News dominated the standings, as it did on Monday, with 7.91 million viewers from 10-11:15 p.m. ET — more than three times as many as its closest competitor, NBC (2.5 million). CNN finished third with 2.13 million viewers, followed by ABC (2.1 million), MSNBC (1.88 million) and CBS (1.52 million).
Fox News also easily led the primary news demographic of adults 25-54 with 1.64 million viewers in that age group. NBC was the best of the rest with 684,000 in the demo.
Through two nights, the RNC is averaging 16.95 million viewers to 18.65 million for the Democratic convention last week. Both are down considerably from the same two nights four years ago — 19 percent for the RNC and 26 percent for the DNC.
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