GOP tops Dems in C-SPAN viewership on first night of convention: Report

If ratings are any indication, Joe Biden may be in trouble.

Ratings for the opening night of the Republican National Convention on C-SPAN’s livestream blew Democrats’ convention ratings out of the water, according to The Hill — and Republicans beat out Dems in TV viewership on Night Two.

About 440,000 people watched the first night of the GOP convention on C-SPAN, nearly six times more than the 76,000 who viewed the first night of Democrats’ nomination convention, The Hill reported.

GOP blow Dems out of the water

While Republicans carried C-SPAN on the first evening, the Democrats had higher TV ratings on their first night, according to Nielsen, with the Dem convention garnering 19.7 million viewers last Monday, compared with 17 million for the Republicans this week, Reuters reported.

The first night of Republicans’ convention featured speeches from St. Louis homeowner Mark McCloskey and Donald Trump Jr, and another highlight was a moving speech from a Cuban refugee, Maximo Alvarez, as the New York Post reported.

Democrats have described the Republican convention thus far as “dark” and “divisive,” according to Fox News, but others have praised it as comparatively optimistic and well-produced.

Both conventions have been mostly virtual, but the GOP convention has consisted largely of speeches honoring America as a land of opportunity and freedom from inside of the Mellon Auditorium in Washington, D.C. Last week’s Democratic convention was focused on the theme that Donald Trump is an incompetent and immoral president.

A man describing himself as a lifelong Democrat called into C-SPAN Monday night and said that he was changing his vote because of the GOP’s “heartfelt” presentation.

“The people on the Democratic side, at their convention — acted like they were pushing God right out of it. And that had a lot to do with changing my mind,” he said, according to a report from Fox.

Republicans win Night Two

Though Dems carried Night One in TV, First Lady Melania Trump drew additional viewers on Tuesday night, raising the GOP’s total to roughly 19.4 million, compared to 19.2 million for Democrats last Tuesday. Former Covington Catholic High School student Nicholas Sandmann also spoke on Night Two for the GOP.

The Hill noted that the Democratic convention had lower TV ratings overall than the party’s previous nominating convention in 2016, when Hillary Clinton was selected to take on Donald Trump, although the Republican Party also appears to be down as well.

President Trump has participated in pre-recorded segments each night, and he will give an acceptance speech Thursday to conclude the convention, which is likely to be a major ratings draw.

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