An estimated 35.7 million people watched President Obama accept his party's nomination Thursday night in Charlotte, N.C., according to Nielsen.
The audience for the prime-time coverage of the final night of the Democratic National Convention eclipsed the 30.3 million who tuned in last week to see Mitt Romney speak at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla.
However, four years ago, an estimated 38.3 million viewers watched then-Sen. Barack Obama accept his party's nomination for president, according to Nielsen. Thursday night's audience level represented a 7% decline from 2008. (The following week, in September 2008, nearly as many people -- 37 million -- watched coverage of the Republican National Convention to see vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin speak.)
The audiences for this year's conventions have been slightly older, which could be a troubling sign for Obama, who once again is looking to galvanize younger voters to turn out at the polls.