17 Million Less Viewers Watch Ryan in 2012 than Palin in 2008; Updated, Update II: WaPo and CBS Chime In

By Stacy Drake

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I think this verifies with some pretty substantial numbers that there just isn’t the same excitement for Paul Ryan, as there was in 2008 for Governor Palin. Via Mediabistro (emphasis):

On night two of the Republican National Convention, Fox News Channel was once again the network more people went to to get their political fix. That said, every network was down substantially from the same night in 2008, when Sarah Palin made her RNC debut…

Every other network was down. Every network was also down from 2008, with FNC down 1.5 viewers, NBC down 3.5 million viewers, CNN down nearly five million viewers, ABC down three million viewers, CBS down two million viewers and MSNBC down about two million viewers. It is worth noting that night two of the RNC in 2008 saw a speech delivered by Palin, who at the time was still a relative unknown.

All told, just over 20 million people were watching last night on the Nielsen-rated networks, compared to 37 million for night two of the RNC in 2008. Night one of the 2012 RNC was roughly on par with night one of the 2008 RNC ratings-wise, making the gap all the more dramatic.

This is just speculation on my part, but maybe it wouldn’t have been as bad for Fox had they not benched Governor Palin for their night two coverage. Just sayin.

You can read all the numbers here.

Update by Doug: Minus Palin, Convention’s TV Ratings Plunge

Updated by Steve:

The Washington Post reports the difference: Without Sarah Palin. a ratings dive

CBS also reports: Paul Ryan Not Nearly the TV Draw Sarah Palin Was

It should be noted that Governor Palin’s 2008 speech was the most watched vice presidential acceptance speech in history.

~ Gary


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6 responses to “17 Million Less Viewers Watch Ryan in 2012 than Palin in 2008; Updated, Update II: WaPo and CBS Chime In

  1. jerseyflash

    “My name was not on the top of the ticket”…I BELIEVE in my life-time NO TRUER words were ever spoken…in 2008 there were the Repo’s slicing and dicing and the Demo’s dueing the same thing…an old war heroe on his last leg get’s to squeak a win (a small mircale)…a women running for POTUS against a CRAP-SANDWICH salesman…takes him to the limit…and the WOMEN loses to the CRAP-SANDWICH…now we have the OLD WAR HEROE going one on one against the CRAP-SANDWICH….hopeee/ changeeee has got more money then Soro’s…and is out spending the war heroe 4 to 1…the W.H. needs a big lift…let’s get us a WOMEN….the most POPULAR women Gov. in the USA….in steps Sarah Palin and as they talk about it today… along come the (women voters)….she is a LOOKER and a TALKER…this makes EVERYBODY’S head explode…the almost dead W.H. goes up 5 to 7 points after trailing by 5….after Sarah Palins VP speech…watched by 47 million people…more then the CRAP-SANDWICH…the W.H. and Sarah go up 7-8 points and the only way they lose is “I’m going back to DC and vote for TARB”…a statement to Sarah by W.H. ….she braves the move and continues to campaign to bigger crowds then every recorded….large percentage of “THE WOMEN”…the ones that today will make or break the out-come ????….this women is NEEDED by the Romney/Ryan group…KISS AND MAKE-UP….and let’s get this country and it’s people buzzing again

  2. They (the GOPe/RNC/Establishment had two major opportunities to signal to (1) the GOP faithful, (2) the Evil Opposition and (3) the Enemedia that they needed, wanted & loved Sarah to be by their side and on their campaign trial with them: Namely, as either Keynote Speaker or as that “Mystery guest” on the lst nightT Well, they blew both opportunities – and, I do believe, those idiot decisions will haunt them for a long time (and will only continue to burnish to Palin name/brand!).

    I still hope Romney wins, but ONLY to get that poor excuse for a POTUS up & outta there on Jan. 20!!

    • Gary P Jackson

      That’s exactly how I feel about the whole mess. Romney MUST win, but I ain’t happy about it.

      You know Romney’s idiotic “advisers” joined the pile-on on Clint Eastwood? These people are criminally stupid.

      Frankly, I’m glad Sarah turned em down. She WAS asked. Who wants to be associated with this disaster in the making.

  3. Yes, you’re right – it does her no good to be associated with almost-rans or amateurs. She can support them in word – and at a distance. But it takes “two to tango;” so if they think they can go it alone, so be it. The rise and/or fall on their own, too. And Palin – like the Little Engine That Could – just keeps on chugging along… She gets to speak out – but on HER terms! And she won’t be tarnished with the enemedia spotlight. Frankly, the more they throw at Romney et al, the more I think to myself: “OK, now you see what it’s like! See if you can conduct yourself and still remain not only in tact politically and behave gracefully, but will still be able to garnish the genuine interest of those who are supporting you now in this effort to unseat Obama.

    But the REAL test will be just how vigirously – if he wins in November –
    Romeny & Ryan will lead the fight to REPEAL ObamaScare!! If they fail to move promptly and effectively on THAT front, then we’ll know that all their blather now will only have been just that: Words and no action!

  4. Pingback: “Republican” Steve Schmidt Joins Slobbering Bill Clinton Lovefest on MSNBC | A Time For Choosing

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