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Combining broadcast and cable tallies, about 26 million viewers tuned in towatch Clinton, exceeding the convention’s opening night viewership featuring Michelle Obama by 17%.
Day Two of the conventionwasn’t even carried live by the broadcast networks four years ago. As a measure of media interest in Barack Obama in general and Clinton’s speech in particular, this time all the major broadcasters and cable news nets went live, resulting in 341% more viewers than Day Two in 2004. Despite the added competition from broadcast, all the cable news nets enjoyed strong viewership gains.
CNN was seen by 4.8 million during 10-11:15 p.m. during Clinton’s speech (up 64% compared to four years ago). Fox News (up 89%) had 3.5 million. MSNBC had 2.6 million (up 39%). Among broadcast nets, NBC had 6 million, ABC 4.8 million and CBS 3.8 million. Note that CNN managed to beat CBS and ABC in viewers.
Reactions to the speech: “Adequate but not exactly inspiring” says Chicago Tribune columnist… “Good but not quite very good,” says U.S. News & World Report. “Hillary gets thumbs up — mostly,” says the Wall Street Journal.
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