Update: Here's the breakout of the cable news network ratings for Wednesday night's coverage. At 10pm FNC had over 9 million viewers and beat all the broadcast networks as well as its cable competition. Here is some additional, more detailed, information.
TVWeek is reporting that the total audience for the Republican National Convention on Wednesday night September 3 at an estimated 37 million:
An estimated 37 million people watched Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, the Republican nominee for U.S. vice president, during her star-making debut at the Republican National Convention Wednesday night, according to preliminary local data from Nielsen Media Research.
Gov. Palin’s audience eclipsed the 26 million who watched Sen. Hillary Clinton’s speech on the second night of the Democratic convention last week and the 24 million who watched speech the delivered on night three by Gov. Palin’s Democratic counterpart, Sen. Joe Biden.
Gov. Palin’s numbers are comprised of viewers on NBC, CBS, ABC, Fox News Channel, CNN and MSNBC. The Democratic convention was covered by two additional networks that aren’t airing the Republican convention: TV One and BET.
Gov. Palin’s audience was just a million viewers shy of Sen. Barack Obama’s convention record audience of 38 million on the Democrats’ closing night.
Interestingly, the DNC was also covered by Univision, but TVWeek, like everybody else in the English media, forgets to mention that.