If the 2012 Presidential election was about TV ratings than President Obama and the Democrats would probably win. The Democratic National Convention brought in a bigger TV audience than the Republican National Convention.
The Nielson company reports that 35.7 million tuned in to watch President Obama give his acceptance speech at the DNC on Thursday night. Last week, when Mitt Romney accepted the Republican nomination for president, 30.3 million viewers tuned in to watch.
The Huffington Post reports that Obama and the Democratic Party may not be completely pleased with the TV turnout for the DNC. In 2008, when President Obama accepted the Democratic nomination for president, 38.3 million viewers tuned in to watch. (The PBS audience is not included in that estimate.)
So Obama did better than Romney and worse than 2008 Obama in regards to TV ratings this year. But the real question that everyone is worrying about is this: How did the Republican and National Conventions measure up against Honey Boo Boo?
The RNC lost the TV ratings war to the new reality show Here Comes Honey Boo Boo. The DNC did a little better. Bill Clinton’s speech, which aired at the same time as Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, tied the reality show in the ratings. In the RNC’s defense, the episode of Honey Boo Boo that went up against the DNC had 20% fewer viewers.