PBS's Democratic prime time convention coverage scored its highest ratings Wednesday night with a 2.2 household rating/4 share, although that was down from the 2.5/4 it recorded for the same night of the 2004 Democratic convention.
That’s according to Nielsen overnight numbers.
PBS is the only broadcast network giving over its prime time 8-11 to convention coverage and up or down, the numbers are outperforming its prime time average by about 75%.
PBS averaged a 2.1/3 on Monday night, then dropped to a 2.0/3 Tuesday before bouncing back Wednesday. That diverged from the 2004 convention, when viewership spiked on day two and then dropped on day three.
But this day three included a speech by former President Bill Clinton, which wound up topping viewership for that of his wife and former Democratic presidential challenger Hillary Clinton the night before.