The Democratic National Convention came to a close last night, with Democratic candidate Joe Biden finally taking to the stage to deliver his key address, drawing the biggest audience of the four days.
Overall, around 22 million viewers tuned in across the broadcast and cable news networks, which represents a 1 million viewer increase on the penultimate night.
MSNBC scored the largest audience for the second night in a row, drawing 6.1 million total viewers. CNN came second with 5.6 million viewers, followed by Fox News with just under 3 million. Fox News was also the biggest gainer on the night, jumping 36% from Wednesday.
Over on the broadcast side, ABC was top of the pile with 2.9 million pairs of eyeballs, followed by NBC with 2.2 million. CBS came in last with just under 2 million viewers.
Looking at the key news demographic of people aged 25-54, CNN led the way with 1.7 million to MSNBC’s 1.2 million. ABC was next with just under 800,000 in the demo, while Fox News topped NBC for the first time this convention, scoring 639,000 to the latter’s 568,000. CBS brought up the rear with 473,000.
Wednesday night’s proceedings drew around 21 million total viewers all told, a 15% jump from the night before. That 21 million total was a solid 2 million viewer increase on the first night, which itself was down 27% from the previous convention in 2016. For comparison, night 3 of the previous convention drew just over 24 million viewers and the final night a whopping 28 million viewers.
It’s worth noting that the 2020 DNC being down on the last edition isn’t necessarily surprising given that much of this year’s convention is pre-taped and that television viewership as a whole has declined significantly in the last four years.
Other than Biden’s speech, in which he vowed to “overcome this season of darkness in America,” the final night was arguably stolen by “Veep” star Julia Louis-Dreyfus, who took multiple shots at President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence