Every major cable and broadcast network had significantly fewer viewers Wednesday night for Paul Ryan's acceptance speech than they did on the night of Sarah Palin's acceptance speech in 2008. From TV Newser:
All told, just over 20 million people were watching last night on the Nielsen-rated networks, compared to 37 million for night two of the RNC in 2008. Night one of the 2012 RNC was roughly on par with night one of the 2008 RNC ratings-wise, making the gap all the more dramatic.
Hurricane Isaac may have affected the ratings, as nearly half a million homes in the southeast were without power on Wednesday.
Fox News won the ratings race for the second night in a row, averaging 7.7 million viewers from 10-11 p.m. ET on Wednesday. NBC was in a distant second place, followed by ABC, CBS, MSNBC and CNN.
And then there's this, from E! News: "In the 18-49 demo... with a 1.3 rating, the only competition Honey Boo Boo had in the time period was the Fox News' 1.2 rating."
"Here Comes Honey Boo Boo" is the TLC spinoff of "Toddlers and Tiaras," starring six-year-old Alana Thompson, a former beauty pageant contestant with a pet pig.