Trump’s acceptance speech draws fewer viewers than Biden’s – data

WASHINGTON, Aug. 24, 2020 (Xinhua) -- Photo taken in Arlington, Virginia, the United States, on Aug. 24, 2020 shows screens displaying U.S. President Donald Trump speaking during the 2020 Republican National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina. Trump was nominated for a second term on Monday at the 2020 Republican National Convention (RNC) in Charlotte, North Carolina, which has been scaled back due to the coronavirus pandemic. (Xinhua/Liu Jie)

U.S. President Donald Trump’s acceptance speech drew fewer viewers than that of Joe Biden, former vice president and 2020 Democratic presidential nominee, according to data released by Nielsen Media Research on Friday.

An estimated 19.9 million Americans watched Trump’s speech from the White House South Lawn during the finale of the Republican National Convention (RNC) Thursday night on television, while Biden drew 21.7 million viewers a week ago.

By comparison, 34.1 million tuned in to watch then Republican presidential candidate Trump deliver his keynote speech during the 2016 RNC.

The ratings were based on nine television networks for the fourth night of both the Republican and Democratic conventions. These figures do not include the number of people who watched the presidential nominees’ speeches online.

Fox News led all networks in viewership, drawing 9.9 million viewers in total for four nights of the convention, and beating ABC, NBC, CNN and MSNBC combined. ABC came in second, with 2.58 million viewers, followed by NBC with 2.28 million viewers.

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