Why is opening night viewership on ABC, NBC, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC down 28% compared to the 2016 DNC 2016 Democratic convention, asks James Freeman in the WSJ. (Night #2 reportedly was down 48% from broadcasts of the same night 2016.)
Hugh Hewitt, writing in the Washington Post, does not see the problem as Obama specific.
If speeches made for great or even good television, there would be a channel devoted to them. “The Speech Channel” would be must-watch TV, the vital part of basic cable or a satellite bundle of offerings.
Wait. There is already a speech channel. There are three, in fact. They are called C-SPAN 1, C-SPAN 2 and C-SPAN 3. And the only story about ratings I could find for C-SPAN as a whole pegged its viewership at about 20,000 households at any given time. That’s low. That is even lower than my canceled MSNBC show…
Republicans should learn from the Democrats’ fiasco and switch it up quickly for their convention next week.