Barack Obama Speech Beats Idol, Olympics In Ratings

August 30, 2008

The final night of the Democratic National Convention featured a speech by Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama, and was watcehd by nearly 40 million viewers......Washington (ChattahBox) – The final night of the Democratic National Convention featured a speech by Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama, and was watched by nearly 40 million viewers.

According to estimates from Nielsen Media research, nearly 40 million people tuned in on Thursday night to see Sen. Barack Obama accept his party’s presidential nomination.

This compares to the 26 million who tuned in on Tuesday night to watch Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton speak.

Barack Obama spoke in front of 80,000 people in Denver, Colorado.

This was a bigger audience that the opening night of the Beijing Olympics, as well as the finale of American Idol.

The average households tuned in throughout the final night of the Democratic National Convention were at 28 million, with a 24.5 rating.

This is way up from previous nights, and a huge spike from the 2004 Democratic convention.

The most watched broadcast network was NBC drawing an average of 6.27 million viewers.


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