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Pence Delivers the Smallest Audience of GOP’s Convention So Far

CLEVELAND, OH - JULY 20: Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump stands with Republican vice presidential candidate Mike Pence and acknowledge the crowd on the third day of the Republican National Convention on July 20, 2016 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump received the number of votes needed to secure the party's nomination. An estimated 50,000 people are expected in Cleveland, including hundreds of protesters and members of the media. The four-day Republican National Convention kicked off on July 18. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

(Bloomberg) --Vice President Mike Pence attracted the smallest TV audience yet for this week’s Republican convention, speaking on an evening when Americans might have been distracted by canceled sports and Hurricane Laura.

By Christopher Palmeri
Aug 27, 2020, 9:02 PM
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An estimated 15.7 million viewers watched Wednesday’s coverage on six major broadcast and cable networks, according to Nielsen data released by Fox Corp. Fox News Channel led with an audience of almost 7.1 million. An estimated 18 million watched the convention Tuesday night, with 15.8 million tuning in on Monday.

Mike Pence’s Night
About 21.4 million watched the Democratic convention a week earlier on the same channels. That night featured Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris making her debut as the first woman of color on a major party ticket.

Nielsen tracks programming that began at 10 p.m. New York time. The TV-measurement company will release ratings later in the day based on a larger number of channels.

Vice President Mike Pence Speaks During Republican National Convention
Mike Pence speaks during the Republican National Convention in Baltimore, on Aug. 26.
Pence was the headliner for the event, speaking from Fort McHenry in Maryland, where Francis Scott Key composed the national anthem during the War of 1812. His speech was held outdoors before a live audience that included veterans and military families, and addressed the civil unrest in the wake of a police shooting of a Black man in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

“President Donald Trump and I will always support the right of Americans to peaceful protest, but rioting and looting is not peaceful protest, tearing down statues is not free speech,” Pence said. “Those who do so will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”

Some networks simultaneously covered protests related to the shooting in Wisconsin, canceled professional sports events and the hurricane that was bearing down on Louisiana during the convention.

Trump is scheduled to speak Thursday, the final day of the convention, on the theme “Land of Greatness.” Other speakers include the president’s daughter Ivanka, attorney Rudy Giuliani and Ultimate Fighting Championship President Dana White.

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