TV Ratings: Night Two of 2016 RNC Coverage Tops 2012 In Total Viewers, Slightly Lower In 18-49

Early results are in for the second night of Republican National Convention coverage. NBC, CBS and ABC offered live coverage from 10-11 p.m., with NBC winning the hour. The Peacock notched a 1.1 in the 18-49 demographic, with 5.3 million viewers overall. CBS and ABC came in with a .5 in the demo, though CBS narrowly beat out ABC with 2.48 million total viewers to 2.28 million.

Those early numbers are slightly higher in total viewers than those for coverage of the 2012 RNC, and it’s worth noting night two was the first night of coverage for most of the broadcasters last election thanks to Hurricane Isaac, and that fast national numbers for live events tend to be lower than their eventual final forms. Coverage across NBC, CBS and ABC drew a total of 9.4 million viewers in 2012, with a 2.2 rating in the demo. Last night’s coverage drew 10.06 million total, 2.1 in the demo, with ABC slightly down and NBC slightly up.

Otherwise it was a reasonably quiet night. A new episode of NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” drew 10.75 million viewers from 8-10 p.m., and a 2.2 in the demo, holding fairly steady for the season. An “NCIS” repeat on CBS leading into a new episode of “Zoo” garnered both shows a .7 in the demo, but “NCIS” drew 6.28 million total viewers to 4.07 for “Zoo.” Fox trudged along with new episodes of reality series “Hotel Hell” (.8/2.37 million) and “Coupled” (.5/1.30 million). ABC was in comedy repeats until New Jersey Governor Chris Christie took the stage.

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