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 McCainOvernight Defense: Trump gets briefing at Pentagon on ISIS, Afghanistan | Senate panel approves five defense picks | Senators want Syria study in defense bill Schwarzenegger tweets to McCain: 'You'll be back' Trump called McCain to wish him well after cancer diagnosis MORE (Ariz.) accepted the party’s nomination.

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That year, McCain also topped Democratic nominee then-Sen. Barack ObamaBarack ObamaOvernight Regulation: Trump administration reveals first regulatory agenda | GOP lawmakers introduce measures to repeal arbitration rule | Exxon gets M fine for sanctions violation Mounting nationwide immigration enforcement costs 20 attorneys general urge DeVos to keep college sexual assault protections 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 RubioBush ethics lawyer: Congress must tell Trump not to fire Mueller The private alternative to the National Flood Insurance Program  Cruz offers bill to weaken labor board's power 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 RyanRyan: CBO's healthcare estimate is 'bogus' Kushner speech to congressional interns delayed Overnight Energy: Exxon sues feds over M sanctions fine 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.