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Fri Sep 7, 2012, 01:58 AM

Democratic Convention Beats Football In Ratings

by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

September 6, 2012

NEW YORK (AP) The second night of the Democratic National Convention beat the Republicans in television ratings and, perhaps more impressively, beat pro football.

An estimated 25.1 million people watched the convention between 10 p.m. and 11 p.m. on Wednesday, when former President Bill Clinton delivered an impassioned nomination speech for President Barack Obama, the Nielsen ratings company said.

During that hour, just over 20 million people were watching the second half of the Dallas Cowboys' season-opening victory over the New York Giants. Faced with competition from Clinton, ratings for football's first game were down from the past two years.

The second night of the GOP convention in Tampa, Fla., last week, featuring vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan, was seen by 21.9 million people, Nielsen said Thursday.

Democratic convention ratings held up well compared to 2008, when interest was particularly high. The Democrats had a four-day convention then, with 25.9 million viewers on the second day and 24 million on the third. None of those nights faced competition from pro football.


http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=160709091

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TroyD Sep 2012 OP
NYC_SKP Sep 2012 #1
K8-EEE Sep 2012 #3
abumbyanyothername Sep 2012 #2
karynnj Sep 2012 #17
Grown2Hate Sep 2012 #4
juajen Sep 2012 #5
Grown2Hate Sep 2012 #6
NYC Liberal Sep 2012 #7
SmittynMo Sep 2012 #12
LiberalFighter Sep 2012 #8
ahg Sep 2012 #9
Setsuna1972 Sep 2012 #10
SmittynMo Sep 2012 #11
VWolf Sep 2012 #13
fugop Sep 2012 #14
center rising Sep 2012 #15
Sheepshank Sep 2012 #16

Response to TroyD (Original post)

Fri Sep 7, 2012, 02:00 AM

1. And, Honey Boo Boo beat Mitt Romney!

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Response to NYC_SKP (Reply #1)

Fri Sep 7, 2012, 02:13 AM

3. LOL nt

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Response to TroyD (Original post)

Fri Sep 7, 2012, 02:01 AM

2. There was compelling drama in 2008

I believe that Hillary spoke on the third night and gave one of the best political speeches ever. Of course, she got blown out of the water by the candidate the next night.

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Response to abumbyanyothername (Reply #2)

Fri Sep 7, 2012, 11:44 AM

17. I think she spoke on an earlier night

The third night in 2008 was designation as national security and Bill Clinton, John Kerry and Biden were key speakers (though I think most of the cable stations showed their talking heads during Kerry's speech.)

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Response to TroyD (Original post)

Fri Sep 7, 2012, 02:43 AM

4. FUCK YES! Big Dawg! May not have been a perfect President, but is a RIDICULOUSLY good orator and

someone I'm a SUPER proud to have on our side! Laid that case out so that ANYONE could see the truth.

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Response to Grown2Hate (Reply #4)

Fri Sep 7, 2012, 03:15 AM

5. Oh, I think he was pretty perfect Loved his First Lady also.

I don't bust his chops for the sexual indiscretions. After all, "Men are like ticks; they latch on to anything with warm blood and hair, or no hair. Just saying.

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Response to juajen (Reply #5)

Fri Sep 7, 2012, 03:23 AM

6. LoL Oddly enough, I wasn't even referring to that. There is obviously still a REAL love there (I

reference the picture of Secretary Clinton watching Bill give that speech, with her hands on her heart, PROUD as can be). I was actually referring to policy. Still, a GREAT President AND First Lady. And a HUGE difference between how much we (AND AMERICA!) still love our last President, vs. He Who Must Not Be Named at the RNC convention!

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Response to TroyD (Original post)

Fri Sep 7, 2012, 03:25 AM

7. There's still hope for this country.

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Response to NYC Liberal (Reply #7)

Fri Sep 7, 2012, 08:42 AM

12. Yes there is.

And it's NOT the republicans vision.

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Response to TroyD (Original post)

Fri Sep 7, 2012, 07:39 AM

8. I forgot that there was a football game.

Of course, having it on Wednesday nite doesn't help either. But, I would have forgotten even if it was on Thursday nite. There are only two nights the NFL should be on. Sunday and Monday.

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Response to TroyD (Original post)

Fri Sep 7, 2012, 07:52 AM

9. It was football.

 

But it was the dallas cowgirls. No one watches them.

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Response to TroyD (Original post)

Fri Sep 7, 2012, 08:37 AM

10. I didn't even care about the game Wednesday night

Especially with those blowhards the Dallas Cowboys playing

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Response to TroyD (Original post)

Fri Sep 7, 2012, 08:41 AM

11. Comparisons

Football - America's pastime, played weekly

DNC - America's future, played every 4 years

No brainer as to which one was more important.

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Response to SmittynMo (Reply #11)

Fri Sep 7, 2012, 09:04 AM

13. One would think, yes.

But there are MANY Americans who are not yet engaged in the political process.

I read somewhere that most don't pay attention until after the world series. That's just sad.

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Response to TroyD (Original post)

Fri Sep 7, 2012, 09:36 AM

14. Oh give me a break ...

Sure, people WATCHED! I'll give you that. But did they watch ENTHUSIASTICALLY? Clearly, the answer is no. That enthusiasm gap is going to kill the Democrats in November. And just watch: They're going to have to move the polls to smaller venues, too, but it will be because they can't get enough people there. They'll just say it's (airquote) weather related (airquote). And, and, and ...

Paul Ryan is dreamy!

(I hope I don't need a sarcasm tag here ...)

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Response to TroyD (Original post)

Fri Sep 7, 2012, 10:32 AM

15. Big caveat though.

Football was on one network, the DNC was on 6, so if you want to look at it, the game was outdone by six networks covering the same thing.

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Response to TroyD (Original post)

Fri Sep 7, 2012, 11:28 AM

16. And as for my 2 cents....MHO only

I also watched part of the RNC and Ryan and Romney and was likely counted as one of the 21.9M. Know thine enemy sort of mentality. And I'm not the only one from the left that did this. Where Mittens proclaims the mentality that I think runs rampant in the GOP. They don't want to watch the DNC events, for whatever reason. Fear that the message it too compelling, fear that the the candidtates will become too disheartened.

So what I'm saying is that of the 21.9M that watched Ryan, many many were Dems that will not be casting their vote in that direction. I would estimate much lower percentage of Reps watched the DNC events.

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