An estimated 32.2 million people watched Donald Trump deliver his acceptance speech on the final night of the Republican National Convention, surpassing what his predecessor Mitt Romney drew four years ago, according to Nielsen data.
Fox News drew the biggest audience last night, getting 7.18 million total viewers in prime time, according to preliminary data released Friday by the networks. CNN delivered its own highest-ever audience for a Republican National Convention, attracting 4.32 million total viewers. MSNBC got 2.4 million.
In 2012, 30.3 million people watched the final night of the convention when Romney accepted the Republican nomination,
according to Nielsen. In 2008, more than 38.9 million people watched the closing night of the convention when John McCain officially became the Republican presidential nominee.
In the 25-to-54 age demographic that advertisers target in newscasts, Fox drew 1.73 million viewers, CNN got 1.38 million and MSNBC had 716,000.
Those who tuned in saw speeches by Trump’s daughter, Ivanka, and the candidate himself, who officially accepted the Republican nomination for president in a long and ominous speech that focused on restoring “law and order” to America.