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Historical TV Ratings Democratic Conventions
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Historical TV Ratings Democratic Conventions

YEAR NETWORKS TOTAL RATING TOTAL HOMES
2004 Total- ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, MSNBC, FOXNC 14.3* 15,537,000*
2000 Total- ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, MSNBC, FOXNC 15.3** 15,380,000**
1996 Total– ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, PBS 17.2 16,418,000
1992 Total– ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, PBS 22 20,500,000
1988 Total– ABC, CBS, NBC 19.8 17,400,000
1984 Total– ABC, CBS, NBC 23.4 19,500,000
1980 Total– ABC, CBS, NBC 27 20,700,000
1976 Total– ABC, CBS, NBC 25.2 17,400,000
1972 Total– ABC, CBS, NBC 18.3 11,400,000
1968 Total– ABC, CBS, NBC 28.5 16,200,000
1964 Total– ABC, CBS, NBC 28.8 14,695,000
1960 Total– ABC, CBS, NBC 29.2 13,216,000
Source: The Nielsen Company (1960 – 2004)
Presidential nominating conventions are held in July and August with the party holding the Presidency scheduling its convention last. Changes in the parties’ primary system have impacted the conventions in recent campaigns.
*2004 data based on the sum of Dem. Convention Coverage during Common Coverage Time Periods: ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, MSNBC, FOXNC = Mon, Wed, Thur. 10-11:00pm; CNN, MSNBC, FOXNC = Tues appr. 10-11pm.
**2000 data based on the sum of Dem. Convention Coverage during Common Coverage Time periods: ABC, CNN, MSNBC, FOXNC = Mon appr. 10-11:45p, and Tues through Thurs. appr. 10-11pm; NBC= Mon 10:30-11:45p, Wed-Thu 10-11pm; CBS=Wed-Thu appr. 10-11pm