Skip to comments.McCain TV Ratings Beat Obama in Preliminary Numbers
Posted on 09/05/2008 8:16:50 AM PDT by B Knotts
Presidential candidate 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, according to preliminary ratings from Nielsen Media Research.
Across all broadcast networks Thursday, Sen. McCains speech ended the night with a 4.8 rating/7 share, compared to Sen. Obamas 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.
NBCs coverage of Sen. McCains speech started directly at the tail end of the opening game of NFL season, with the speech pulling in a 6.3 rating/10 share, topping Sen. Obamas speech last week by 26%. That lead-in may have boosted audiences who last night turned out in droves to watch Republican VP candidate Sarah Palin introduce herself to the country.
ABCs showing of the McCain speech averaged a 4.5/7, down 2% from the same night of the Democratic convention last week, while CBS coverage took in a 3.4/5, an increase of 3%.
I cut off the first letter, and didn’t notice until I hit “Post.” Sorry. :-P
This is good!!
What were “Slave State” Biden’s speech’s numbers?
We know McCain’s “residential”...we don’t know *where* Uhbummuh was born....:))
Was the biographical video shown right after the NFL game? I certainly hope so!! I think that alone would be worth about 5 million votes!
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Yeah - Well, he is the most qualified “residential candidate” ...
Got 7 houses already, a beer distributor, and is aiming at 1660 Pennsylvania Avenue.
Yes. They delayed it until about 10 seconds after the game ended.
I was wondering about that NFL game—glad it must have ended just as the speech started? Good timing then. Maybe people were still sitting around and started flipping channels and ended up watching McCain.
Not sure of all the implications, but that sure does seem like a good indicator.
Interest level + McCain geting his unfiltered message out = good.
I’m surprised, but glad. Didn’t watch it—figured it was RINO night.
I think they were around 24 million compared to Palin’s 38 million (which I think as of this morning were revised up to 40 million beating Barack Obama, atleast that is what I heard Megyn Kelly say).
Wow times infinity! LOL
I figured Palin would be big, since she was so new to most.
But McCain kicking Obama’s ass!!!!!!!
The real thing makes a difference eh!
I can see the headlines now, "Elitist McCain has Eight Houses!"
Putting things together.
# of viewers for Obama/Biden appx. 62 million viewers
# of viewers for McCain/Palin appx. 77 million viewers.
The so-called ‘excitement gap’ seems to have disappeared.
A) Preliminary numbers... meaning the MSM can bury the story without reporting all the numbers.
B) I still wish they could somehow include how many watched over the internet because I bet that there were alot more for Obama than McCain (just due to demographics wise)
C)At LEAST PEOPLE are Watching!
This is a surprise.
The Drive Bys are TELLING US that more people are Democrats and the GOP brand is damaged.
Memo to the Drive Bys.
You all are a bunch of lying sacks of poop!!!!
I think Palin got people interested in this ticket. She really was a shot in the arm. McCain has been around...forever. Biden has been around.....forever.
If feels like Obama has been around forever, and is over exposed. Sarah is fresh and people will not be tired of her in just 60 days.
“At LEAST PEOPLE are Watching!”
Which means they’re listening.
And if they listen, they will hear the message.
And that is very bad news for Obama.
I was wondering if the game was going to be a strong lead-in for the speech. Thanks, Giants, for doing everything in your power to not blow out the hopelessly inept Redskins, despite the number of chances you got, especially in the first half.
As has been said many times: Obama's support is a mile wide and a inch deep. I think this shows that statement to be true. Looks like the big MO has changed sides.
The novelty of Obama’s celeb status has worn off. That’s all he had, now he’s got nothing. Sarah Palin is the new hot celebrity as politics go, and she’s got all the celebrity appeal of Obama, plus 10 times the substance.
John McCain does not have the glitz, but he’s got some fire. His speech last night was rather typical political stuff, but I really liked the ending.
Going last, bigger audience, better message, new celebrity status...there are some positives for McCain/Palin.
They were already discussing the cost of Cindys wardrobe on CNN this morning.
It wasn't coincidence. I'm sure the folks in Minnesota were keeping a close eye on the game, and pacing the night's activities accordingly.
I believe these assets were earned by Cindy McCain!
If you didn’t see the way the Ma and Pa McCain earned their fortune in the world’s most capitalistic Country in the world, then I suggest you start researching the family’s history.
the silent majority
Too many people think we have it in the bag.
Complacency is dangerous.
1660 is the guard house on the NW corner. You're thinking of 1600.
On second thought, with McCain as President, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue could be rightfully considered the Guard House.
**Presidential candidate 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, according to preliminary ratings from Nielsen Media Research. **
The dimocrats are losing everywhere, aren’t they?
I think he was confusing it with Wrigley Field.
There, my friends, is the spread come November.
McCain just might win this thing BIG, mostly thanks to Palin.
For starters, look here. You might have to copy and paste the address, but it looks good.
Well, that’s going to leave a nasty mark over at Rat headquarters.
Palin set the table. She was the reason people tuned back in to watch McCain. IMO.
I’m more optimistic now than I’ve been in a while.
If this all plays out as it looks now, Obama is going to wake up the morning after Election Night thinking “what the hell just happened? And why am I holding my a$$ in my hand?”
I think you’re right. Adding Sarah Palin to the ticket has completely changed the political landscape.
The videos were very moving of Cindy, Sarah, and John.
I just ordered this shirt, with pink sleeves:
There are a bunch of other Palin shirts on this site as well. I haven’t received it yet, so I can’t vouch for the quality of these products.
This is very surprising, but encouraging news. Perhaps Palin increased overall enthusiasm for the GOP. As I recall, the Dems got higher ratings in 1996 and this foreshadowed victory. Then 4 years ago I remember reading Bush’s convention got more viewers than Kerry’s so that was a good sign. Perhaps it will be the same this time.
I read that Biden’s numbers were something like 24 million. Much, much lower than Palin’s numbers.
But he’s Joe Biden, so who in their right mind would bother to watch? :-)
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