There were two clear winners at the Republican National Convention in Tampa when it comes to viewers – Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney and News Corp.’s Fox News.
Romney's adding Wisconsin Representative Paul Ryan to the ticket shook up the campaign and focused national attention on it, but Romney’s speech attracted 26-percent more viewers during the convention than his VP pick, according to Nielson television ratings.
About 25.3 million views tuned in to Romney’s closing-night convention speech, according to Bloomberg Business.
Mitt Romney’s speech touched on the promises of the 2008 election and following disappointments of U.S. voters amid high unemployment, and included an emphasis on unification. He pledged to use his business skills to create jobs and to heal partisan rifts. Romney also told his life story, and how it wasn’t easy to build a successful business. The candidate sought to reach out to women as he talked about the strong roles his mother and wife played in his life.
Overall, the Republican Convention in Tampa went smoothly despite the threat of then tropical storm Isaac skirting the west coast of Florida. Protesters showed up in far smaller numbers than anticipated and arrests were few with no violence. Surprisingly, the crime rate in Tampa Bay area went down, probably due to heavy security, according to a Tampa Bay Times report.
Meanwhile, Fox News crushed its competition that includes six major U.S. networks.
Fox News led the coverage, again, with 9.06 million viewers between 10 p.m. and 11 p.m. New York time during Romney’s speech. Walt Disney Co. (DIS)’s ABC was second with 4.44 million.
Comcast Corp. NBC ranked third with 3.85 million. CBS Corp. broadcast network placed fourth with 3.73 million viewers, Time Warner Inc. CNN had 2.33 million and Comcast’s MSNBC trailed all with 1.88 million.