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Bill Clinton draws more viewers than NFL football

September 06, 2012|By Meg James
  • President Obama joins former President Bill Clinton on the stage of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C. Ratings giant Nielsen said the Democratic convention garnered 25.1 million viewers Wednesday night.
President Obama joins former President Bill Clinton on the stage of the… (Michael Reynolds / EPA )

It was a clash of titans, and Bill Clinton won.

Wednesday night's prime-time coverage of the Democratic National Convention, which featured a fiery and finger-pointing address by former President Bill Clinton, attracted 25.1 million viewers, according to ratings giant Nielsen. The Democrats out-muscled the season opener of NFL football on NBC, which drew 23.9 million viewers. The Dallas Cowboys defeated the New York Giants on the field.

The second night of the Democratic convention in Charlotte, N.C., was off slightly from the opening night of the event, which faced significantly less competition on TV.  On Tuesday night, the convention showcased Michelle Obama and drew 26.2 million viewers. 

The Democratic convention continues to draw a larger audience than last week's Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla. The second night of coverage of the Republican National Convention, which featured Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, the GOP nominee for vice president, drew 21.94 million viewers. The first night of the Republican convention posted 22.3 million viewers.

Wednesday night's coverage of the Democratic convention played on seven networks: ABC, CBS, CNN, Current TV, FOX News, MSNBC and PBS.

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