Wednesday, September 3, 2008

The Ratings Race

Obama's speech last Thursday at the DNC had 38 million TV viewers, not taking into account C-Span or PBS or the Internets. In comparison, Bush had about 28 million viewers 4 years ago at the RNC. I'm on pins and needles to hear what the viewership totals will be for McCain's acceptance speech on Thursday...will he beat Bush, and if so, by how much?

I'm going out on a limb and predicting LESS than Bush...around 26 or 27 million, and only if there's nothing else on TV that night like an "Are You Being Served?" marathon on some renegade PBS station or an encore presentation of that Denise Richards reality show, "Confessions of a Former Call-Girl"...

Oh, and here's a map from two years ago from SurveyUSA after they polled people on who would win in an Obama/McCain match-up...

UPDATE: Well, when I'm wrong, I'm REALLY fuckin' wrong and the limb I was on was flimsier than Palin's political experience...but to be honest, I'm thinking that the huge numbers for McCain and Palin (Palin's equaling Obama and McCain doing slightly better), probably reflect the fact that a larger number of Dems tuned in to check out their speeches than the number of Repubs who tuned in to watch Obama.

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