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By Paul J. Gough
Fox News Channel’s coverage Tuesday’s Republican National Convention surpassed all others, broadcast or cable.
Fox News was out in front by a wide margin, with 6.2 million viewers in the 10 p.m. ET hour, Nielsen Media Research said Thursday. The ratings had been delayed a day.
That was well ahead of second place NBC, which averaged 4.5 million viewers. CNN, which had led last week for the Democratic National Convention, averaged 3.2 million viewers. CNN came out ahead of either ABC (3.1 million) or CBS (2.9 million). MSNBC averaged 1.6 million viewers for its 10 p.m. coverage.
Overall RNC viewership was down 17% compared to last Tuesday’sDemocratic National Convention, which featured a speech in the samehour by Hillary Rodham Clinton. Tuesday’s RNC had primetime speeches byPresident Bush, former Sen. Fred Thompson and onetime Democrat JoeLieberman.
But that all might change with Wednesday night’s ratings, which are duelater today from Nielsen. The controversy surrounding Gov. Sarah Palincould draw upward of 30 million viewers, significantly more than theaudience for Joe Biden’s acceptance space last week.
For the entire night, Fox News was on top with 5.1 million viewersbetween 8 p.m. and 11 p.m. with CNN averaging 2.5 million viewers andMSNBC, 1.4 million.
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