Nielsen: McCain’s speech draws more viewers than Obama’s — while airing on fewer networks

posted at 2:58 pm on September 5, 2008 by Allahpundit

Just across. BET and TV One apparently decided that with Barry O already pulling 90-95% of the black vote, they needn’t bother turning any precious airtime over to McCain. In fact, all four nights of the Democratic convention aired on both networks. The GOP convention didn’t air at all.

Do note: Palin finished just shy of both candidates in total audience running on only six networks, two fewer than McCain and four fewer than Obama. Telemundo and Univision didn’t bother with night three coverage.

Sweet news, although it would have been sweeter had Maverick’s speech been a home run rather than a bloop double. Exit question: How’d he beat The One? Ridin’ the wave of Palinmania, or ridin’ the wave of football fans looking for something to watch after the Giants-Redskins game ended? I want to believe it’s the latter, just because the network that would have made the difference in that case is … NBC.


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But Obama is more popular in Germany though. You have to look at the bright side on these things if you are a Dem.

Corsair on September 5, 2008 at 5:40 PM

True. If he had picked David Hasselhoff for VP instead of Biden, he would be a shoo in in Germany.

Damiano on September 5, 2008 at 5:58 PM

How frakking awesome is this? Hilary denied her rightful ascension. And now The One is getting trounced by McCain/Palin while they receive less coverage than he does.

Palin 2012!

SimplyKimberly on September 5, 2008 at 6:05 PM

The problem is that we will have to actually get a person to vote for McCain for not only every Obama voter but also we have to turn up in enough numbers to over come all the democrat cheating.

And they will cheat a lot.

TheSitRep on September 5, 2008 at 6:39 PM

You’d better organize the democrat party, Mr. CO

SouthernGent on September 5, 2008 at 6:40 PM

I think that after watching Gov Palin, the word spread and more people tuned in to see if they could see who she was, and how she dressed. You laugh, but women don’t, about how they dress.

I think McCain was McCain, most had low expectations for his speech going in. Bloop double, not sure, patriotism leadership story was really strong. Maybe bloop triple.

tarpon on September 5, 2008 at 6:42 PM

Very interesting numbers. Did the GOP benefit from all the media attention brought about by the hurricane?

bayam on September 5, 2008 at 6:43 PM

McCain needs to just shut up. If he gets elected, it will be because of palin and nothing he stands for. Every time he opens his mouth, he just reinforces that he is as liberal as Obama on most issues. Palin could beat either of them because she represents the people instead of them feeding their own inflated egos. Palin can remove the smell when conservatives hold their noses when they have no choice but to pull the lever for McCain.

volsense on September 5, 2008 at 6:50 PM

But Obama is more popular in Germany though. You have to look at the bright side on these things if you are a Dem.

Corsair on September 5, 2008 at 5:40 PM

I’d love to see a photoshop of Obam wearing an “I’m big in Europe” t-shirt.

equanimous on September 5, 2008 at 6:51 PM

How nice. McCain’s speech was watched by more people. It’s a shame we don’t spend the time to read what he said and critique that. Most have lost all objectivity by saying, “it doesn’t matter what he’s said or done. He’s better than Obama.”

Send_Me on September 5, 2008 at 6:55 PM

From the Daily Kos yesterday:

No one wants to watch the GOP convention
by kos
Thu Sep 04, 2008 at 06:50:35 AM PDT
Given that everyone — even Republicans — are saying this convention was about Palin, it looks like McCain is ending up a sad, pathetic afterthought.

what were you saying, Markos?

Noneya on September 5, 2008 at 6:57 PM

“it doesn’t matter what he’s said or done. He’s better than Obama.”

Send_Me on September 5, 2008 at 6:55 PM

Too bad Obama hasn’t “done” anything to read about.

Gregor on September 5, 2008 at 7:47 PM

Stop it, Ed.

McCain did not hit a bloop double.

He hit the 7-10 split. And Obama threw a gutter ball.

rockmom on September 5, 2008 at 3:30 PM

Careful–there are two bloggers here: Allahpundit, a notoriously pessimistic Republican(?) atheist, and Ed, the more upbeat Catholic Republican previously from Captain’s Quarters.

You may be able to tell by writing stile, but, otherwise, check the name under the thread title.

Count to 10 on September 5, 2008 at 7:58 PM

Was watching the speech at a friends house (after the Giants/Redskins game) – both him and his wife were ready to vote for McCain just watching the bio vid.

phreshone on September 5, 2008 at 8:44 PM

I sent the following email to Fox & Friends in response to their question of the day, has the media been biased against Palin:

good morning.

compared to the DNCC coverage last week, the RNC is getting far less of it:

BET had primetime coverage of the DNCC;

TV One had primetime coverage of the DNCC;

ALL of the Spanish networks had primetime coverage of the DNCC.

NONE of these stations is carrying any coverage of the RNC.

Also, CNN for a few hours on Monday had a ‘Breaking News’ banner on screen of Gov. Palin’s 17-year-old’s daughter pregnancy. I don’t see how that’s breaking news.

Eddie XXXXXXX
Pearland, TX

Brian K. read it on the air but said, in all fairness there was a hurrican that hit Monday.

What I should have mentioned is that I checked the scheduling for Monday. BET was showing the BET Awards, and all of the Spanish stations were showing regular programming that night. Tuesday, the same. Wednesday, ditto. Thursday, ditto again with the exception of Univision, owned by GE, which showed Sen. McCain’s speech only.

When I had heard his speech reached more people than Hussein’s, I was thrilled.

madmonkphotog on September 6, 2008 at 1:48 AM

Quoth Tarpon:

I think McCain was McCain, most had low expectations for his speech going in. Bloop double, not sure, patriotism leadership story was really strong. Maybe bloop triple.

I would’ve settled for a base hit–hell, even a sac fly would’ve moved the runner along–but you’re right, it was more of a triple. Not a home run by any means, but it certainly cleared the bases.

Eukardios on September 6, 2008 at 2:37 AM

Upset of the year.
wait. no – upset of the year was McCain actually grabbing the nomination!

the guy is impressive…

Drunk Report on September 6, 2008 at 2:44 PM

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