More Americans who hope the president stays for another four years in the Oval Office are abandoning mainstream media in favor of live-streamed videos.
The latest audience ratings show almost six times more viewers watched the first night of the Republican National Convention (RNC) than those who watched the corresponding night of the Democratic National Convention (DNC) one week earlier.
Nielsen Media Research found C-SPAN’s live-streaming of the RNC attracted 440,000 views on Aug. 24, compared to the DNC’s much lower 76,000 views on Aug. 17, according to The Hill.
Nielsen estimated that 19.7 million Democrat supporters watched the DNC’s first night on the ABC, CBS, NBC, PBS, CNN, Fox, MSNBC, and Newsy.
“Day one of the convention was carried live from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and remotely from many venues throughout the country across 10 networks,” Nielsen said. “The night featured speeches from Sen. Bernie Sanders as well as former U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama who delivered the closing address with an emotional plea to vote for Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.”
In comparison, 17 million Republican supporters watched the RNC on different broadcast and cable networks and PBS member stations.
“Day one of the convention was carried live from Charlotte, N.C., Washington, D.C. and remotely from many venues throughout the country across 11 networks,” Nielsen stated. “The night featured speeches from former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley and South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott.”
Mainstream media is becoming less popular among President Donald Trump’s supporters, and more popular among Biden’s fans.
This would also help explain why Reuters reported that most of the RNC speeches were delivered in a rather “empty auditorium in Washington,” not to mention the continuing CCP (Chinese Communist Party) Virus, which has forced many events to cancel or downsize their attendance.
Reuters quickly jumped to the conclusion that the DNC’s first night had a bigger audience due to the slightly higher television audience ratings, and failed to account for the RNC’s growing online viewership.
“Democrats had a bigger audience on the first night of the 2016 conventions as well—and both parties have experienced a drop in viewers since then,” Reuters reported. “The first night of the 2016 RNC in Cleveland attracted 23 million viewers. That year’s DNC in Philadelphia attracted 26 million viewers on its first night.”
Although 21.6 million people tuned into mainstream media to watch Biden’s acceptance speech, this rating was still 21 percent lower than former presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s acceptance speech for the same convention back in 2016.
According to The Hill, Biden’s acceptance speech attracted 38 percent fewer viewers than President Trump’s 34.9 million viewers at the RNC four years earlier.