Skip to comments.GOPers Beat Obama in TV Ratings: Helped by Timing and NFL
Posted on 09/10/2008 1:52:40 AM PDT by markomalley
If TV ratings for political convention speeches is any indicator, voter turnout in November should be sky-high.
The GOP presidential nominee John McCain had a viewership last Thursday night of 39 million, edging Democratic counterpart Obama (38.4 million), and McCains suddenly famous running mate, Sarah Palin (37.2 million).
McCain, not known for his dynamic speech giving, may owe a debt to an old Washington institution, the Washington Redskins. The skins were playing the Super Bowl champs New York Giants last Thursday in the NFL season opener, which gave McCain a perfect lead-in to boost his audience.
The football telecast averaged 13.6 million viewers between 8-10 PM, according to Nielsen Media Research.
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All that week I heard nothing but how the NFL game was going to HURT McCain. Amazing.
My guess is God had a little bit to do with it.
As someone who suffered through the game, there probably weren’t many fans other than gleeful Giants fans and masochistic Redskins fans left when he spoke. And IIRC, the game had ended by that time anyway.