Rudy did well enough that we can forgive him for running long and getting this bumped from the program, especially since they’re going to capitalize on the fee-vah and air it tonight. What do the Nielsen ratings look like, you say? Why, like this. For the moment, at least, with curiosity peaking, the Barracuda is an even bigger draw than The One.

They really like the moose-hunting meme, huh? Exit quotation from a former Bush official, citing panic among his lefty friends: “[T]he same reporter who first told me that ‘she’d be toast by Friday’ told me after tonight’s speech that Obama must be wishing that McCcain [sic] had picked Pawlenty.”

Update: Drudge has the numbers: 38.3 million watched Obama’s speech, 37.2 million watched Palin — which is roughly 54 times the population of Alaska. Supah-stah!

Update: Via TLOMB, it’s even more impressive than we thought. Imagine what the numbers would have been like if the media was fair:

The Sarah Palin speech generated 37.2 million viewers, just 1.1 million viewers short of Barack Obama’s record-breaking speech on Day 4 of the Democratic Convention. The Palin speech was carried on only six networks while the Obama speech was carried on ten (including BET, TV One, Univision and Telemundo).