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McCain TV Ratings Beat Obama in Preliminary Numbers
TVWeek ^ | 9/5/08 | Andrew Krukowski

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. McCain’s speech ended the night with a 4.8 rating/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.

NBC’s coverage of Sen. McCain’s 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. Obama’s 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.

ABC’s 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%.


TOPICS: Breaking News; Front Page News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2008dncconvention; 2008rncconvention; foxnewsratings; mccain; mccainpalin; obama; ratings; rncconvention
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1 posted on 09/05/2008 8:16:50 AM PDT by B Knotts
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To: B Knotts

Wow.


2 posted on 09/05/2008 8:17:41 AM PDT by GoCards
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To: Admin Moderator

I cut off the first letter, and didn’t notice until I hit “Post.” Sorry. :-P


3 posted on 09/05/2008 8:17:41 AM PDT by B Knotts (Calvin Coolidge Republican)
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To: B Knotts

This is good!!


4 posted on 09/05/2008 8:18:19 AM PDT by snarkytart
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To: B Knotts

What were “Slave State” Biden’s speech’s numbers?


5 posted on 09/05/2008 8:19:54 AM PDT by frogjerk (MSM: We will not question Obama bin Biden...)
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To: B Knotts

Freudian slip.

We know McCain’s “residential”...we don’t know *where* Uhbummuh was born....:))


6 posted on 09/05/2008 8:19:58 AM PDT by Salamander (Obama hates uppity women.)
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To: GoCards

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!


7 posted on 09/05/2008 8:19:59 AM PDT by KansasGirl (Go Governor Palin Go!!!!)
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To: B Knotts

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8 posted on 09/05/2008 8:20:12 AM PDT by counterpunch (John McCain - For the LOVE of Country)
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To: B Knotts

Yeah - Well, he is the most qualified “residential candidate” ...

Got 7 houses already, a beer distributor, and is aiming at 1660 Pennsylvania Avenue.


9 posted on 09/05/2008 8:20:13 AM PDT by Robert A. Cook, PE (I can only donate monthly, but Hillary's ABBCNNBCBS continue to lie every day!)
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To: KansasGirl

Yes. They delayed it until about 10 seconds after the game ended.


10 posted on 09/05/2008 8:20:54 AM PDT by Alter Kaker (Gravitation is a theory, not a fact. It should be approached with an open mind...)
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To: B Knotts

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.


11 posted on 09/05/2008 8:21:01 AM PDT by olivia3boys
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To: B Knotts

Not sure of all the implications, but that sure does seem like a good indicator.

Interest level + McCain geting his unfiltered message out = good.


12 posted on 09/05/2008 8:21:28 AM PDT by Obadiah (I remember when the climate never changed, then Bush stole the election.)
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To: B Knotts

I’m surprised, but glad. Didn’t watch it—figured it was RINO night.


13 posted on 09/05/2008 8:21:42 AM PDT by Mamzelle
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To: frogjerk

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).


14 posted on 09/05/2008 8:21:44 AM PDT by KansasGirl (Go Governor Palin Go!!!!)
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To: GoCards

Wow times infinity! LOL

I figured Palin would be big, since she was so new to most.

But McCain kicking Obama’s ass!!!!!!!

Yeah baby!

The real thing makes a difference eh!


15 posted on 09/05/2008 8:22:46 AM PDT by Names Ash Housewares
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To: Robert A. Cook, PE
Got 7 houses already, a beer distributor, and is aiming at 1660 Pennsylvania Avenue.

I can see the headlines now, "Elitist McCain has Eight Houses!"

16 posted on 09/05/2008 8:22:59 AM PDT by twhitak
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To: B Knotts

Putting things together.

# of viewers for Obama/Biden appx. 62 million viewers

# of viewers for McCain/Palin appx. 77 million viewers.


17 posted on 09/05/2008 8:23:10 AM PDT by DallasBiff
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To: B Knotts

The so-called ‘excitement gap’ seems to have disappeared.


18 posted on 09/05/2008 8:23:29 AM PDT by Always Right (Obama: more arrogant than Bill Clinton, more naive than Jimmy Carter, and more liberal than LBJ.)
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To: B Knotts

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!


19 posted on 09/05/2008 8:23:39 AM PDT by Toki
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To: B Knotts

This is a surprise.


20 posted on 09/05/2008 8:25:16 AM PDT by eureka! (Former: McCain....I guess. Now: McCain/Palin....For d*mn sure, Big Time!)
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To: B Knotts
But, but, but....

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!!!!

21 posted on 09/05/2008 8:26:30 AM PDT by The South Texan (The Drive By Media is America's worst enemy and American people don't know it.)
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To: Always Right

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.


22 posted on 09/05/2008 8:27:50 AM PDT by snarkytart
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23 posted on 09/05/2008 8:28:34 AM PDT by AmericaUnited
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To: Toki

“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.


24 posted on 09/05/2008 8:29:06 AM PDT by Names Ash Housewares
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To: Names Ash Housewares
The majority has finally came out from under the rock and seems to be tired of Bama and ready to hear something else. Im cautiously optimistic that this Obama phenomenon is getting old and tired.
25 posted on 09/05/2008 8:29:14 AM PDT by GoCards
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To: B Knotts

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.


26 posted on 09/05/2008 8:29:17 AM PDT by kevkrom (McCain/Palin '08 -- Palin / ??? '12)
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To: Always Right
The so-called ‘excitement gap’ seems to have disappeared

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.

27 posted on 09/05/2008 8:29:35 AM PDT by engrpat
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To: Always Right

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.


28 posted on 09/05/2008 8:29:47 AM PDT by henkster (Sarah Palin; the 2nd coming of Teddy Roosevelt)
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To: twhitak

They were already discussing the cost of Cindys wardrobe on CNN this morning.


29 posted on 09/05/2008 8:30:20 AM PDT by GoCards
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30 posted on 09/05/2008 8:30:29 AM PDT by Miss Didi ("Good heavens, woman, this is a war not a garden party!" Dr. Meade, Gone with the Wind)
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To: olivia3boys
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.

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.

31 posted on 09/05/2008 8:30:54 AM PDT by kevkrom (McCain/Palin '08 -- Palin / ??? '12)
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To: Robert A. Cook, PE

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.


32 posted on 09/05/2008 8:32:02 AM PDT by not2worry (WHAT GOES AROUND COMES AROUND)
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To: snarkytart
FOLKS! PLEASE, someone tell me where can I get a t-shirt with Palin on it. I live in the most RAT INFESTED part of Texas I would just LOVE to get a spiffy tee just to stick to this HITLERY town!!!
33 posted on 09/05/2008 8:32:29 AM PDT by RoseofTexas
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To: B Knotts

the silent majority


34 posted on 09/05/2008 8:33:33 AM PDT by peace with honor
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McCain rocked the house!

"Americans never hide from history; Americans MAKE history!"

Hoo-YEAH!!!

I'm pumped. Everybody I know is pumped! (Well, except my Lib friends here; they're either depressed or in denial ;)

Never imagined I'd be this excited about Election '08.

This past week has shown in a dramatic way how the Lord still raises up the right people at the right time, to lead our country and put her back on track. McCain & Palin are two great Americans I'm proud and eager to support.

God has blessed America. Again!

35 posted on 09/05/2008 8:33:55 AM PDT by TonyRo76 (American by birth. Patriot by choice. Christian by grace.)
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To: GoCards
Im cautiously optimistic that this Obama phenomenon is getting old and tired.

I agree.

Too many people think we have it in the bag.

Complacency is dangerous.

36 posted on 09/05/2008 8:34:41 AM PDT by Cobra64 (www.BulletBras.net)
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To: Robert A. Cook, PE
and is aiming at 1660 Pennsylvania Avenue

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.

;-)

37 posted on 09/05/2008 8:34:42 AM PDT by savedbygrace (SECURE THE BORDERS FIRST (I'M YELLING ON PURPOSE))
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To: 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. **

The dimocrats are losing everywhere, aren’t they?


38 posted on 09/05/2008 8:35:19 AM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: savedbygrace

I think he was confusing it with Wrigley Field.


39 posted on 09/05/2008 8:38:06 AM PDT by B Knotts (Calvin Coolidge Republican)
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To: DallasBiff

There, my friends, is the spread come November.

McCain just might win this thing BIG, mostly thanks to Palin.


40 posted on 09/05/2008 8:42:10 AM PDT by RockinRight (Obama who?)
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To: RoseofTexas

For starters, look here. You might have to copy and paste the address, but it looks good.

http://shop.cafepress.com/mccain-palin?CMP=KNC-G-EFok here ...


41 posted on 09/05/2008 8:42:12 AM PDT by ArmyTeach (speak true, right wrong, follow the King)
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To: B Knotts

Well, that’s going to leave a nasty mark over at Rat headquarters.


42 posted on 09/05/2008 8:43:06 AM PDT by Virginia Ridgerunner ("We must not forget that there is a war on and our troops are in the thick of it!"--Duncan Hunter)
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To: B Knotts

Palin set the table. She was the reason people tuned back in to watch McCain. IMO.


43 posted on 09/05/2008 8:43:37 AM PDT by Chet 99 (http://www.mccainpalinvictory2008.com/)
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To: snarkytart

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?”


44 posted on 09/05/2008 8:43:57 AM PDT by RockinRight (Obama who?)
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To: Chet 99

I think you’re right. Adding Sarah Palin to the ticket has completely changed the political landscape.


45 posted on 09/05/2008 8:44:33 AM PDT by B Knotts (Calvin Coolidge Republican)
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To: snarkytart

The videos were very moving of Cindy, Sarah, and John.


46 posted on 09/05/2008 8:44:52 AM PDT by Red in Blue PA (Does it get any better than Sarah Palin?)
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To: RoseofTexas

I just ordered this shirt, with pink sleeves:

http://t-shirts.cafepress.com/item/palin-2012-jr-raglan/300552387

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.


47 posted on 09/05/2008 8:45:16 AM PDT by chickpundit (Palin '12)
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To: Salvation

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.


48 posted on 09/05/2008 8:45:49 AM PDT by TNCMAXQ
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To: frogjerk

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? :-)


49 posted on 09/05/2008 8:46:42 AM PDT by B Knotts (Calvin Coolidge Republican)
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To: RoseofTexas

Go here for Sarah Palin merchandise.

http://shop.cafepress.com/palin


50 posted on 09/05/2008 8:47:08 AM PDT by Parmenio
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