Update: just seeing the viewer numbers from the fast nationals (which come out after the metered market data below, but are still preliminary): The McCain 10pm hour did about 10% better on the broadcast nets than Obama's 10pm hour last week. Last week ABC, CBS and NBC combined for 16.455 million for Obama's speech, last night those networks combined for 18.106 million in the preliminary numbers. Bill will have the full broadcast overnight data up shortly.
TVWeek is reporting that John McCain's acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention drew more television viewers than his rival Barack Obama attracted at the Democratic party's event last week:
Across all broadcast networks Thursday, Sen. McCain’s speech ended the night with a 4.8/7 share, compared to Sen. Obama’s 4.3/7 average, according to overnight numbers from metered households in 55 U.S. markets measured by Nielsen. These ratings are preliminary, however, and are subject to change.
Read the entire article here.