Television viewership on the final night of the Republican National Convention dropped 22 percent compared to the same night in 2008.

The media research firm Nielsen said an estimated 30.3 million people watched Thursday’s coverage of the GOP convention in Tampa, Fla. In 2008, more than 38.9 million had watched the closing night of the convention in St. Paul, Minn., when Sen. John McCainJohn McCainDefense hawks gird for budget brawl Trump got harsher GOP reception than Bush on budget Armed Services chairman unveils .1B Asia-Pacific security bill MORE (Ariz.) accepted the party’s nomination.

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That year, McCain also topped Democratic nominee then-Sen. Barack ObamaBarack ObamaDefense hawks gird for budget brawl Emanuel: Dreamers ‘part of the Chicago family’ Obama visits Prince Harry at Kensington Palace MORE (Ill.) on his acceptance night ratings by 500,000 viewers.

Romney’s convention speech was carried by 11 networks and was preceded by an address from Florida Sen. Marco RubioMarco RubioSenate panel could pass new Russia sanctions this summer McConnell on Trump: 'We could do with a little less drama' Taking the easy layup: Why brain cancer patients depend on it MORE.  

The GOP’s Thursday night figures were also the highest of the convention, with Tuesday night’s speeches from New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Ann Romney gaining 16.9 million viewers. On Wednesday night vice presidential nominee Rep. Paul RyanPaul Ryan8th graders refuse to take photo with Paul Ryan Dems plot recess offensive on ObamaCare President Trump needs to make some huuuge changes, and soon MORE (Wis.) garnered 16.7 million voters.

Both of those nights were down, however, from comparable nights during the 2008 convention as well. 2008 Vice Presidential pick then-Gov. Sarah Palin (Ala.) had 37.2 million viewers during her Wednesday night address.

President Obama is slated to speak next week on Thursday night of the Democratic National Convention from Charlotte, N.C.