Viewership for five of the six networks
covering the first night of the 2012 Democratic National Convention in
the 10 p.m. hour grew from the comparable night at last week's GOP affair.
NBC set the pace on Sept. 4 with coverage of speeches from
San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro and First Lady Michelle Obama from Charlotte, averaging 5.02
million viewers and 1.93 million adults 25 to 54 from 10 p.m. to 11:06 p.m.,
according to Nielsen data. MSNBC was second with almost 4.11 million watchers
and 1.43 million in the demo. CNN was third with 3.89 million and 1.37 million
among the news demo.
CBS was fourth with 3.27 million watchers from 10 p.m. to
11:07 p.m., 1.06 million in the 25-to-54 group, which stood fifth. For its
part, ABC ranked fifth with an average audience of 3.24 million watchers from
10 p.m. to 11:08 p.m., including 1.14 million in the demo that was fourth in
that metric. Fox News Channel was sixth with almost 2.4 million viewers and
550,149 in the news demo.