DNC night 1 draws 25.9 million viewers, up from opening of RNC


The opening night of the Democratic National Convention drew ratings above the first night of the Republican convention last week and from the 2012 DNC opener, though comparisons to the latter aren’t entirely apples to apples.

About 25.9 million people — 25.87 million, to be more precise — tuned into the 10 p.m. ET coverage on ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, Fox News and MSNBC. That’s up from 22.53 million on those channels for the RNC last Monday.

Combined ratings in the key news demo of adults 25-54 (8.5 vs. 6.2) and adults 18-49 (6.5 vs. 4.4) were also up.

CNN had the biggest audience of the night with 6.29 million viewers, a 2.4 in adults 25-54 and a 2.0 in adults 18-49. MSNBC (4.64 million, 1.6, 1.2) edged out its broadcast counterpart NBC (4.29 million, 1.5, 1.1) for second.

Compared to the 2012 convention, Monday’s numbers were also up — 21.93 million watched the opening night then. However, the Democrats staged a three-day convention four years ago with the first night airing on a Tuesday.

Here are the viewer averages and adults 25-54 and 18-49 ratings for Monday’s 10 p.m. ET convention coverage.

Network Viewers (millions) Adults 25-54 rating Adults 18-49 rating
CNN 6.29 1.9 1.5
MSNBC 4.63 1.2 0.9
NBC 4.29 1.5 1.1
ABC 4.11 1.1 0.9
Fox News 3.26 0.7 0.5
CBS 3.21 0.9 0.6

Source: The Nielsen Company.

Note: An earlier version of this post had incorrect demographic ratings for the cable channels. Correct numbers are above.

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