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.
147.9M views across TV/digital – 25M more than Biden/DNC.
$76M raised for RNC & @TeamTrump – $6M more than Biden/DNC.#RNC2020 told voters real stories from real Americans who benefited from @realDonaldTrump’s policies – and it clearly resonated! https://t.co/1TlI6MXPBr
— Ronna McDaniel (@GOPChairwoman) August 29, 2020
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.
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.
The Fake News doesn’t want to report these numbers. The @latimes and others believed the Crooked Dems before the real numbers came out. Too bad we don’t have honest reporting when it comes to “Trump”. Phony sources, they say anything and think they get away with it. November 3rd. https://t.co/gyHx898DXn
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 29, 2020
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.