First Night of RNC Gets Nearly Six Times More Views Than DNC’s on C-SPAN

C-SPAN’s live stream of night one of the Republican National Convention (RNC) garnered nearly 440,000 views, a major increase over the start of the Democratic National Convention that drew 76,000 views. “The numbers for Monday night come ahead of traditional TV ratings from Nielsen Media Research, which will be released on Tuesday afternoon,” according to the Hill. Roughly 18.7 million people watched the first night of the virtual DNC from Milwaukee and Wilmington, Delaware, which featured speeches by former First Lady Michelle Obama and former Gov. John Kasich (R-OH), according to Nielson. The Hill report continued: Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s speech on Thursday night was watched by 21.8 million people on TV, beating out the numbers for other major speeches at the party’s convention earlier in the week. Still, the numbers for Biden mark a 21 percent drop from presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s acceptance speech at the Democratic convention in 2016. They are also more than 38 percent lower than President Trump’s acceptance speech at the Republican convention four years ago, which drew 34.9 million viewers. Amazon Prime Video live streamed all four nights of the DNC last week but did not offer a live stream of the RNC on Monday night, according to Breitbart News. The article read: Searching for RNC coverage on Amazon also proved to be more difficult than searching for DNC footage. A search for the term “DNC” brought up Amazon’s livestreams from all four days of the Democratic National Convention last week, while an “RNC” search failed to return anything related to Monday’s convention. Amazon users had to search the term “Republican National Convention” to find any RNC-related content, the report stated. In addition, Fox News received criticism for cutting away from RNC coverage several times during the event, according to Breitbart News. “As the evening continued, social media lit up with questions and criticism regarding the outlet’s broadcasting choices.” “Hannity and friends talked over half of Steve Scalise’s speech. Muting him at the RNC while they babbled,” Media Analyst Mark Dice wrote in a subsequent tweet.

 

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