• By The Financial District


In the competition for attention at their makeshift conventions, Democrat Joe Biden can claim bragging rights over President Donald Trump, with the Nielsen company saying 23.8 million viewers watched the final hour of Thursday’s Republican convention on television, when Trump gave his acceptance speech.

A week earlier, Nielsen said 24.6 million people were watching Biden accept the Democratic nomination for president, David Bauder reported for the Associated Press (AP) on August 29, 2020.

CNN said about 21.6 million viewers watched Trump's Republican National Convention (RNC) address across nine cable and broadcast networks, down from 23.6 million viewers who watched Biden's Democratic National Convention (DNC) address on the same nine networks.

Whether or not it’s an omen, more people (32.2 million) watched Trump accept the Republican nomination in 2016 than turned out for Clinton (29.8 million). Over four nights this year, Democrats averaged 21.6 million television viewers while Republicans had 19.4 million. Democrats had more viewers on three of the four nights, with Tuesday the only exception, Nielsen said.