Los Angeles – Trump Convention Speech Draws 32.2 Million TV Viewers


    Republican U.S. presidential nominee Donald Trump reacts to balloons, confetti and electronic fireworks as he stands with his son Barron (L) at the conclusion of the final session of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S. July 21, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst Los Angeles – The Nielsen company says an estimated 32.2 million people watched Donald Trump deliver his GOP nomination acceptance speech.

    Thursday’s audience topped the 30.3 million who watched nominee Mitt Romney’s 2012 speech but fell well short of John McCain’s audience of 38.9 million at the 2008 Republican convention.

    This year’s tally reflects viewership across 10 commercial networks, Nielsen said Friday, topped by Fox News Channel with 9.4 million viewers.

    The channel’s triumph came the same day that its founder and chief, Roger Ailes, resigned amid a former anchorwoman’s claims of workplace misconduct.

    For the closing hour of the four-day convention, CNN drew 5.5 million viewers; NBC 4.6 million; ABC 3.9 million; CBS 3.8 million and MSNBC 3 million.

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