Tops turnout of Romney's speech but falls short of 2008 mark

President Obama has an edge against GOP rival Mitt Romney in the Nielsen polls.

The prez’s re-election nomination address Thursday on the closing night of the Democratic National Convention brought in 35.7 million viewers across 13 networks that offered live coverage of the speech from 10-11:15 p.m. That compared to the turnout of 30.3 million for Romney’s address on Aug. 30.

But President Obama’s crowd was smaller this time around than four years ago, when his nom acceptance speech on the clincher of the 2008 DNC brought in 38.4 million viewers across 10 networks.

NBC had the largest audience with 7.4 million, followed by CNN (5.6 mil), MSNBC (4.5 mil), ABC (4 mil), CBS (3.3 mil) and Fox News Channel (2.9 mil).

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