US Vice President Mike Pence delivers his acceptance speech as a candidate for Republican Vice Presidency for 2020 during an event of the Republican National Convention 2020 held at Fort McHenry in Baltimore, Maryland, US, August 26, 2020. REUTERS / Jonathan Ernst
(Reuters) – A total of 17.3 million people watched the third night of the most virtual Republican National Convention on Wednesday, according to Nielsen, less than the 22.8 million viewers for the third night of last week’s Democratic Convention.
The RNC number reflects the audience on 11 TV networks between 10pm and 11.15pm EDT where Vice President Mike Pence was the speaker. It does not include viewers online and streaming.
On Wednesday night, the RNC audience represented a 26% decline from the same night in 2016.
The Virtual Democratic National Convention also experienced a drop in viewers from 2016. Ratings for the third night of the DNC, in which Vice Presidential candidate Kamala Harris spoke, captivated viewers across 10 U.S. television networks on August 19th.
Fox News had the largest audience for all three nights of this week’s convention, with Democrats beating Republicans in opening night TV ratings, and Republicans beating Democrats on the second night.
On Wednesday, Pence and others emphasized the issue of “law and order” of the night, with the vice president reiterating the unfounded charge that Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden supports liberal activist calls to “defound” the police.
Other RNC speakers, including White House adviser Kellyanne Conway and Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany, spoke about President Donald Trump’s support for women – part of a campaign to portray him as more caring and supportive than his actions, words and tweets. have led many to believe.
Report by Helen Coster; Edited by David Gregorio and Peter Cooney