July 26, 2016

Democratic National Convention Ratings: 2016 Night 1

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Written by: Mitch Metcalf
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The 2016 Democratic National Convention from Philadelphia opened with a very strong 25.8 million persons 2+ across the three broadcast networks and three main cable news channels in the 10 pm ET hour, when Michelle Obama, Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders spoke.  This audience is more than 3 million ahead of last Monday’s first night of the RNC in Cleveland and ahead of the comparable night for every RNC and DNC the last two cycles.  The 8.6 million 25-54 year-olds across the six networks last night also beat the RNC pace this year as well as the other first nights of the Democratic and Republican conventions the last two cycles.

CNN was a strong #1 in both total viewers and 25-54, as Fox News went into its usual hibernation after winning the Republican convention last week.

Also be sure to check out our special report on the differences between DNC and RNC viewers historically.

DNC 2016 Night 1


About the Author

Mitch Metcalf
MITCH METCALF has been tracking every US film release of over 500 screens (over 2300 movies and counting) since the storied weekend of May 20, 1994, when Maverick and Beverly Hills Cop 3 inspired countless aficionados to devote their lives to the art of cinema. Prior to that, he studied Politics and Economics at Princeton in order to prepare for his dream of working in television. He has been Head of West Coast Research at ABC, then moved to NBC in 2000 and became Head of Scheduling for 11 years.