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 McCainA closer look at McCain's proposed defense budget Top Dem comes out against Tillerson ahead of key vote Is McCain confident in Trump? ‘I do not know’ MORE (Ariz.) accepted the party’s nomination.
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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 Paul RyanPaul RyanPlanned Parenthood president warns of health crisis for women if ObamaCare is repealed Juan Williams: Ethics cloud hangs over Trump This week: Congressional Republicans prepare to huddle with Trump MORE (Wis.)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.