RNC Draws 147.9 Million Views, GOP Says It’s Higher Than Biden

August 29, 2020 Updated: August 30, 2020

The Republican National Convention (RNC) had 147.9 million views across various TV and digital platforms, according to Republican National Committee chair Ronna McDaniel.

She posted the data on Aug. 28 in a Twitter post confirming a media report. The spokeswoman also said that the total viewership of the RNC was 25 million more than the Democratic National Convention (DNC).

According to Nielsen ratings data, about 86.3 million viewers from 66.9 million households watched the DNC event on TV spanning from Aug. 17 to 20. While 77.5 million viewers from 57.8 million households watched the RNC between Aug. 24 and 27.

Based on the GOP statement and Nielsen data, the RNC drew 70.4 million digital viewers while the DNC digital viewership was 36.6 million.

Neither the Democratic Party nor Biden’s campaign has released its total digital ratings data officially. However, Biden campaign’s national press secretary, TJ Ducklo, said in an Aug. 18 Twitter post that 28.9 million people watched the fourth night of the DNC.

Based on data posted by Ducklo and Nielsen, the digital viewership of the fourth night of DNC should be around 4.3 million.

The Epoch Times couldn’t independently verify the DNC’s digital ratings from all four nights released by the Republican Party.

The Biden campaign didn’t respond to an email request for comment.

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(From L) Jill Biden, husband former vice-president and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and Senator from California and Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris greet supporters outside the Chase Center in Wilmington, Delaware, at the conclusion of the Democratic National Convention, held virtually amid the novel coronavirus pandemic, on Aug. 20, 2020. (Olivier Douliery/AFP via Getty Images)

It was widely reported that the DNC had better TV viewership than the RNC before the Republican Party released the official digital viewership data.

However, digital viewership became a core area for dispute in the ratings comparison.

“How does the Fake News not include Online Streaming Numbers where Republicans blow the Dem Numbers away?” President Donald Trump said in a Twitter post on Aug. 28.

In a follow-up Twitter post on Aug. 29, he criticized some media for comparing the RNC ratings with the DNC’s before the official data had come out.

“Too bad we don’t have honest reporting when it comes to ‘Trump,'” he said.

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