‘The Spectacle No One Saw’: Democratic Convention Ratings A ‘Disappointing Flop’

Written By BlabberBuzz | Friday, 21 August 2020 07:52

About 22 percent fewer American viewers tuned in on the second night of the Democratic National Convention (DNC) compared to the same period in 2016, according to Nielsen, a data analytics and measurement company.

The drop in viewership for Tuesday's event, which compared to 24.7 million in 2016, drew 19.2 million viewers across 10 television networks and showed Vice President Joe Biden receiving the formal nomination to run for president as Democrat, followed a similar drop of about 24 percent in DNC's first-night viewership compared to four years ago.

Monday's event drew 19.7 million viewers, while the first night of 2016 had an audience of 26 million.

Nielsen figures only include traditional television broadcasts and not online and streaming broadcasts, which are becoming increasingly popular forms of content consumption by US audiences, and may be a factor in the decline of the audience.

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Other assumptions include the fact that the convention was held virtually due to the coronavirus outbreak and thus lacked prior coverage in venues, which typically pique interest from the public.

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Biden, a six-term senator and a two-time unsuccessful presidential candidate, is to deliver his acceptance speech Thursday night in a nearly empty convention hall near his home in Delaware.

On Tuesday, Biden's wife of more than 40 years, Jill Biden, spoke of her husband in deeply personal terms, describing the longtime politician as a man of empathy and resilience.

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"There are times when I can't imagine how he did it, how he put one foot in front of the other and moved on," she said. But I always understood why he did it. He does it for you.”

Obama endorsed Biden in April and helped raise money for his campaign. Before the endorsement, Biden often referred to Obama on the campaign trail.

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The Republican convention will be held next week, President Donald Trump told the New York Post that the event will likely include speeches outside the White House.

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“I will probably give my speech at the White House because it is a great place. It's a place that makes me feel good, makes the country feel good, "Trump told reporters.

"We will possibly do it outside in one of the gardens, we have several gardens, so we could do it outside considering the Chinese virus" the president continued, referring to the origin of the coronavirus and the social distancing measures that are in place to fight the potentially deadly bug.

“We could have a good group of people. It is very large, a very large garden. We could have a great group of people,” he added when asked if there would be a large number of supporters when Trump formally accepts the Republican nomination.

The latest survey made by Rasmussen Reports shows Biden with a 4 point lead over Trump, at 49 percent versus 45 percent.

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