37.2M Tune In to Palin's Speech

VP nominee Sarah Palin's speech draws more viewers than those of Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton but falls short of Barack Obama.
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Wednesday's primetime speech by Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, Sen. John McCain's (R-Ariz.) surprise pick to be his vice-presidential running mate, was watched by 37.2 million people across the broadcast and cable networks, according to Nielsen Media Research.

That was just over 1 million short of the 38.3 million who tuned in to watch Sen. Barack Obama's (D-Ill.) speech on the final day of the Democratic National Convention last week, but significantly more than total viewers for the speeches of VP nominee Sen. Joe Biden (D-Del.) (24 million) or Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.) (26 million).

Fox News Channel grabbed the lion's share of that total, pulling in 9.2 million viewers from 10 p.m.-11:15 p.m. and giving the network its third-highest-rated telecast ever behind only President Bush's address about the Iraq war March 19, 2003, and a presidential debate Sept. 30, 2004.

Wednesday night was also the highest-rated convention telecast in cable news history.

NBC was the top-rated broadcast network, pulling in 7.7 million viewers, followed by CNN (6.2 million), ABC (5.7 million), CBS (4.6 million) and MSNBC (3.4 million).

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