Palin’s Speech Seen By 37.2M Viewers

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Conventions, McCain, Palin, Republicans

By contrast, Obama’s speech pulled in 38.3 million viewers.

So all eyes were definitely on her as folks tried to gain some insight into the who, what, why, where and how of Palin.

Here’s more…

That’s 55% higher than Day 3 of the DNC, when her Democratic counterpart, Joe Biden, and President Clinton took the stage (24 million).

It’s also up a sharp 99% from the Republican convention’s third day in 2004 (18.7 million) and easily bests the numbers viewers attracted by George W. Bush when he accepted the nomination (27.6 million). In fact, it came close to upsetting Obama’s historic address last Thursday — the most-watched convention speech in history (38.4 million viewers).

Palin’s viewership is up 73% from Tuesday’s RNC tally, when 21.5 million tuned in to see President Bush and independent Sen. Joe Lieberman endorse nominee John McCain. The event also drew more female viewers than Hillary Clinton’s speech last week.

Interesting to see that she pulled in more viewers than Hillary’s speech, but, again, I think this has a lot more to do with the idea that nobody knows who this person is.

We shall see…


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8 Responses to “Palin’s Speech Seen By 37.2M Viewers”

  1. ExiledIndependent Says:

    Justin, I’m getting a Negative Nelly vibe off of you on your Sarah Palin content. Are you looking for reasons to not like her because of your preference for Obama or do your concerns run deeper?

  2. bubbles Says:

    ExiledIndependent: Here’s the reason why Justin is so negative concerning Sarah Palin… and it has nothing to do with his preference for Obama. He just obviously hates women and is thus critical of Palin for that reason. He would never treat a man the same way in one of his blogs. Never. I don’t think he’s ever once been critical of a man.

    In fact, I’m going to call for his resignation as a blogger on this website due to his blatant misogyny. It disturbs me profoundly.

    ;)

  3. Declarations of Pride Says:

    Curiosity is a powerful motivator.

    I think watching Palin is just like watching a train wreck, you know it’s going to be awful, and you don’t really want to see it, but you can’t pull you eyes away.

    The Obama-bots were watching to see how many lies she would spew, and we weren’t disappointed!

    Actually, when you think in those terms, her viewer number isn’t all that great. I am sure more of us (dems) were watching than GOP. If they (GOP) were really that into her, then I would have thought her numbers much higher.

    Alas…They just aren’t that into you Sarah.

  4. Justin Gardner Says:

    @Exiled – I think my concerns have been incredibly clear from my posts over the past 6 days. And I’ve been particularly disappointed by the attacks from the McCain camp against the media and the content of Palin’s speech. Not sure what you mean by “runs deeper” though, but I’m going to assume you’re not talking about her gender because I’m sure you have a higher opinion of me than that. :-)

    @bubbles – Okay, you got me. I’ll resign. Starting in 2013. ;-)

  5. ExiledIndependent Says:

    I totally do, Justin! I just know it’s got to be a very difficult thing, running an independent blog when you dig what Obama’s got to say. And I don’t mean that sarcastically at all. So, when you see an interesting character (and boy, I use that word intentionally) like Palin, there’s always that question of “do I really think she’s a vaccuous attempt at stealing women voters and distracting the conservatives so they don’t pay attention to the fact that McCain has sold them out” or “I like Obama, so I’m subconsicously inclined to instantly not like anything that the McCain camp says or does.” Frankly, I’m glad you’re not attempting to stay neutral (but I think still fair); blogs aren’t supposed to be fair-and-balanced, they’re supposed to include opinion and insight.

    And honestly, I thought my Negative Nelly reference would get the sexism yellow card tossed MY direction!

  6. Justin Gardner Says:

    Okay, fair enough.

    To answer, I don’t have any problem with her gender at all. But, as I’ve stated, I think the fact that McCain’s camp didn’t really give her a serious vetting points to the idea that they picked her because they thought she would be able to attract Hillary voters. And that is cynical gender play. I’m disappointed in that move, especially for a guy with McCain’s background of rising above the cynicism.

    Also, I don’t think the fact that I agree much more with what Obama has to say diminishes this blog since it’s always been designed to be a forum for ALL political thought free from the partisan bomb throwing. That’s why we have contributors who represent a diverse cross section of the political spectrum. I’m obviously the resident moderate Democrat, and I’ve never suggested anything to the contrary. But I hope everybody remembers that I said, given Hillary’s wildly inconsistent campaigning and hacky attacks on Obama, I wouldn’t vote for her if she got the nomination. And thankfully Obama didn’t pick her as his Veep.

    And Negative Nelly I’m fine with, since I ignored it. :-)

  7. Jim S Says:

    The first thing about Palin is that if you’re not a very hard core conservative ideologue you’re not going to agree with any of her policies. Not one.

    Next up is the fact that the McCain campaign has been attacking Obama for months about inexperience and “Not ready to lead.”. Then they bring out Sarah Palin whose experience has been as a part time (very) small town mayor and a year and a half as governor of a state with fewer people than 16 cities in the U.S.?

  8. PROUD AMERICAN Says:

    I hate to break the news to “y’all” — but Southerners believe Biden should be the Democratc Presidential nominee (not the VP). Sorry to break the news.

    Biden on Obama: “I think he can be ready, but right now I don’t believe he is. The presidency is not something that lends itself to on-the-job training.”

    OBAMA WAS NOT VETTED — THE DNC AND BIASED MEDIA HID HIS SORDID PAST UNTIL OVER HALF OF AMERICA HAD VOTED. HE HIRED ATTORNEYS TO STOP THE VOTES FROM COUNTING IN FLORIDA AND MICHIGAN. THEY STABBED HILLARY IN THE BACK. HE HAS WRITTEN TWO BOOKS — ABOUT “HIMSELF”! DID HE TAKE HIS GREEK TEMPLE HOME WITH HIM?

    NOW — THEY’RE AFTER SARAH PALIN. IT WON’T WORK. THE HEARTLAND OF AMERICA WON’T LET THEM. WE LOVE HER. SHE IS A BREATH OF FRESH AIR. SHE REPRESENTS TRUTH AND CHANGE WE CAN BELIEVE IN. SHE UNDERSTANDS THE REAL WORLD.

    McCAIN HAS WORKED FOR AMERICANS ALL OF HIS ADULT LIFE. HE HAS MORE EXPERIENCE AS WELL AS GOOD JUDGMENT. McCAIN MADE THE RIGHT CHOICE IN SARAH PALIN FOR VP.

    I’M VOTING FOR McCAIN / PALIN IN 2008.

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