After Paul Ryan bombed last week in the ratings in comparison to a new reality TV show named Honey Boo Boo, all eyes were on the Democratic Party’s convention this week, especially with NBC’s decision to air the first NFL game of the season against Bill Clinton’s speech on Wednesday.
If there were those at the DNC who were concerned, they did not need to be, as the Democratic convention topped its time slots on all three days, with Bill Clinton’s ratings coming out ahead of the Dallas Cowboys and Honey Boo Boo, the top performing show in the same time slot last week.
In total, over 25 million people tuned in to listen to President Clinton speak, as many as tuned in to hear Mitt Romney at the Republican convention last week. Even more impressive, President Obama handily won his time slot on Thursday, with over 35 million viewers turning to listen to his speech, over 10 million more than his GOP rival.
This is demonstrating a severe problem for the Republican party and their candidate, Mitt Romney. The ratings breakdown for the Democratic convention was not as full of younger voters as the GOP would like. With over 17 million of those 55 and up tuning in to the Democratic convention, 50.1% of the total, this bodes poorly for Mitt Romney’s hopes in November. It is estimated that for Romney to have even a chance at winning, he must get 61% of older white voters to cast their ballots for him. Add in the fact that Romney has surrendered two key swing states, and we are looking not at a defeat of Romney, but a potential rout of the entire GOP.
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