More Tuned in for Trump’s Speech, though Democrats Won Ratings Over All

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Cameras during a Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia on Wednesday, a day that President Obama addressed a Democratic convention.

Eric Thayer for The New York Times

“The Nielsen ratings only came out,” Donald J. Trump, a Republican presidential nominee, pronounced with a grin on Friday in Colorado, hours after his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton, delivered her climactic entertainment speech. “We kick her by millions.”

Well, approbation and no.

Mr. Trump did merit some bragging rights: His burning entertainment residence in Cleveland edged Mrs. Clinton’s remarks in Philadelphia by about 2.4 million viewers, according to wire and promote ratings expelled by Nielsen on Friday. About 29.8 million Americans watched Mrs. Clinton Thursday night; a week before, 32.2 million tuned in to Mr. Trump.

But over all, Mr. Trump’s side came adult short. The Democratic entertainment this week kick a Republican reflection on 3 out of 4 nights, interjection in partial to noted prime-time speeches by President Obama, Michelle Obama and former President Bill Clinton — not to discuss a strain by a cocktail star Demi Lovato.

Presidents, it turns out, might be bigger draws than soap-opera stars like Scott Baio, one of Mr. Trump’s featured speakers. On average, 26.2 million viewers watched a Democrats any night, compared to 24.6 million for a Republicans, Nielsen said.

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It is tantalizing to extrapolate domestic support from radio ratings, though many Americans now watch domestic speeches on a web, and tuning in to a claimant does not indispensably relate with a vote.

But a prevalent perspective in a promote universe on Friday was that, spectacle-wise, a Democrats had simply put on a improved show.


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Mr. Trump had no former presidents during his convention, and on a integrate of nights there were prolonged pauses during a primary 10 p.m. hour, withdrawal commentators scrambling to fill airtime. The second night’s module finished about 20 mins early, wasting profitable prime-time exposure.

As a production, a Democrats’ entertainment was some-more firmly scripted, although, like a well-intentioned Oscar ceremony, it ran prolonged any night.

Very long.

To a discomfit of a 3 promote networks, a Philadelphia speeches stretched good into a 11 p.m. hour: President Obama spoke on Wednesday until 11:46 p.m. For years, that arrange of overshoot was deliberate a crack of promote etiquette, forcing associate stations to check internal newscasts and, a knowledge went, spiteful possibilities since viewers went to sleep.

These days, in a epoch of YouTube and 24-hour news channels, network primary time is distant reduction key.

“Between amicable media and cable, a aged manners of TV scheduling have to go out a window,” pronounced Jonathan Klein, a former boss of CNN. “I’d be astounded if it was purposeful,” Mr. Klein pronounced of this week’s overlong speeches. “But it really good might be that it doesn’t matter one bit.”

In fact, a convention’s prolongation team, that presided from a counter adjacent to a stage, had not approaching using past a allotted hour of network primary time. On Wednesday, a group was certain that they would finish on time, though a debate by Senator Tim Kaine of Virginia, a vice-presidential nominee, ran double a approaching length.

None of a 3 promote networks cut divided when Mr. Obama, Mr. Clinton and Senator Bernie Sanders spoke past 11 p.m. That choice irritated a Republican National Committee, whose communications director, Sean Spicer, released a matter accusing a networks of unsymmetrical coverage.

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Photographs From a Final Day of a Democratic Convention

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“We can see utterly clearly that any network have given anywhere from 15 to 30 mins additional per night of prime-time coverage to a D.N.C.,” Mr. Spicer wrote, observant that a networks did not atmosphere a late-night debate by Senator Joni Ernst of Iowa, a rising Republican star, on a initial night of a Cleveland convention.

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Ms. Ernst’s coming was behind since a before orator went distant past his allotted time, an blunder that was widely cited by domestic operatives as an instance of messy formulation on a Republicans’ part.

Within a industry, Fox News and CNN were a large winners of a past dual weeks, a pointer of cable’s influence. Fox News kick a promote rivals during a Cleveland entertainment in altogether viewers, and CNN did so this week in Philadelphia. NBC was a top-rated promote network.

Some of Fox News’s programming choices, however, came underneath fire. The network did not atmosphere a debate on Thursday night by Khizr Khan, a Muslim newcomer whose son, an Army captain, was killed in Iraq in 2004. Mr. Khan’s coming was among a week’s many absolute moments; while he spoke, Fox News aired commercials and explanation that was vicious of Mrs. Clinton.

“We reported on a speeches and cited them via a dusk and into today, as well,” Jay Wallace, Fox News’s executive clamp boss of news and editorial, pronounced in a matter on Friday.

CNN opted for some-more speeches and reduction commentary, airing extended remarks by entertainment speakers rather than frequently slicing to research from pundits.

Even as radio confronts a horde of pretender rivals in a tech world, a attention can take heart that this week’s ratings were aloft than those of a prior domestic entertainment in Philadelphia: a 1948 Democratic and Republican conventions, a initial time that a events were televised around a nation.

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