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 McCainWeek ahead: Pentagon funding in the balance as deadline looms Kasich: 'I think political parties are on their way out' Five fights for Trump’s first year MORE (Ariz.) accepted the party’s nomination.
Romney’s convention speech was carried by 11 networks and was preceded by an address from Florida Sen. Marco RubioMarco RubioTop Trump officials push border wall as government shutdown looms Rubio defends Trump: 'This whole flip-flop thing is a political thing' Rubio: Shutdown would have 'catastrophic impact' on global affairs 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 RyanCongress, the time is now for tax reform to get our economy moving Pelosi: 'Of course' Dems can be against abortion Five fights for Trump’s first year 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.