Second night of GOP convention outdraws Democrats' event with 19.4 million viewers

Second night of GOP convention outdraws Democrats' event with 19.4 million viewers
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The Republican National Convention drew 19.2 million viewers during the 10 p.m. hour on Tuesday, marking a 14 percent jump from first night of the GOP gathering and edging the second night of the Democratic National Convention, according to Nielsen Media Research.

The number of viewers tuning in on Tuesday night for speeches by first lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpThe Hill's Campaign Report: Early in-person voting kicks off in Florida | Biden lays low to prep for debate | Trump rips Fauci on call with campaign staff Melania Trump to appear at Pennsylvania rally Fauci says he was 'absolutely not' surprised Trump got coronavirus after Rose Garden event MORE, Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoPompeo: 'Dangerous' for Twitter to take 'non-viewpoint-neutral' stance Pompeo warns any arms sales to Iran will result in sanctions as embargo expires Trump turns his ire toward Cabinet members MORE and two of President TrumpDonald John TrumpNearly 300 former national security officials sign Biden endorsement letter DC correspondent on the death of Michael Reinoehl: 'The folks I know in law enforcement are extremely angry about it' Late night hosts targeted Trump over Biden 97 percent of the time in September: study MORE's adult children, Eric and Tiffany Trump, represented a 2 percent drop from the second night of the GOP convention in 2016. 

Overall, the Republican convention drew 210,000 more viewers on its second night than the same night of the Democratic event one week earlier.


Numbers for Wednesday night, which included speeches by Vice President Pence, second lady Karen PenceKaren Sue PenceTrump returns to campaign trail after COVID-19 diagnosis Karen Pence's office defends her appearing without a mask at debate The Hill's 12:30 Report: Campaigns react to virtual debate announcement MORE, Rep. Dan CrenshawDaniel CrenshawChanging suburbs threaten GOP hold on Texas Biden, Democrats see late opportunity in Texas Dan Crenshaw releases Hollywood-type action movie trailer MORE (R-Texas) and Gov. Kristi NoemKristi Lynn NoemTrump town hall moderator Guthrie's performance praised, slammed on Twitter South Dakota governor blames surge in COVID-19 cases on more testing US coronavirus numbers rise, raising worries about winter MORE (R-S.D.), will be made available later Thursday.

The second night of the GOP convention drew more than 1.68 million views of C-SPAN's livestream on the network's YouTube channel, while the Democratic event attracted nearly 50,000 views last Tuesday night. 

President Trump will accept the GOP's presidential nomination during a speech from the White House South Lawn in front of a live audience that is expected to begin at 10 p.m. on Thursday.