Despite the limited coverage by the broadcast networks, the Republican Convention is still bringing in a good number of viewers. While not the mass audience that conventions used to garner in the days when all three networks would air nightly gavel-to-gavel proceedings, there are still a lot of people tuned in not only on television, but also on the numerous Internet outlets that are streaming the event.
Fox News is the ratings leader so far during prime time coverage averaging just under seven million viewers according to Tampa Bay based Nielsen ratings service. The cable outlet outdrew second place NBC with 5.4 million viewers. CBS had 3.3 million, ABC 2.3 million while cable news outlets CNN and MSNBC each came in with 1.5 million viewers.
Organizers of the RNC have kept things moving at an exacting pace. Speeches have so far begun and ended at, or very close, to their scheduled times. Paul Ryan did run over into the 11:00 p.m. hour during his speech Wednesday night, but what network was going to cut away for local news at that point?
Gov. Mitt Romney’s nomination acceptance speech tonight (Thursday) will no doubt get the largest broadcast audience. He will be introduced by Florida Senator Marc Rubio.
Former CBS White House Correspondent and political reporter for the Detroit News and current Tampa Bay resident Gary Schuster weighed in on the speeches so far at the Republican Convention on our “Political Roundtable” RNC coverage radio show last night. Click here to listen to the podcast.