Friday, August 29, 2008

I can't wait for the bounce numbers

Barack Obama accepted the Democratic nomination for president on Thursday as an estimated 38 million viewers watched on television, setting a new record for convention viewership, according to Nielsen Media Research.

Mr. Obama"s speech " a historic one given his status as the first African American nominee of a major political party " reached significantly more viewers than the comparable addresses in 2004. Coverage of John Kerry"s acceptance speech in 2004 had 24.4 million viewers; coverage of George W. Bush"s convention speech that same year drew 27.5 million.

The audience estimate of 38.3 million means that Mr. Obama"s speech reached more viewers than the Olympics opening ceremony in Beijing, the final "American Idol" or the Academy Awards this year, the Associated Press notes.

Furthermore, the four-night Democratic convention ranks as the most-watched convention of either party, Democratic or Republican, since Nielsen began measuring conventions in 1960.
I think McCain is throwing in the towel with that VP pick. I just laughed when I heard. We have 38.3 million people watching one of the greatest political speeches in our nation's history, and McCain picks a former beauty queen who used her power as governor to fire her sister's state trooper ex-husband so her sister could win a custody battle. What a party of garbage.

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