Friday, September 5, 2008

Convention Speech Viewership


A record 38.9 million U.S. TV viewers watched John McCain accept the Republican nomination for president on Thursday, slightly more than the 38.3 million people who tuned in for Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama's speech, Nielsen Media Research reported.

Surprising to me, McCain also had more viewers than the highly anticipated Sarah Palin speech seen by 37.2 million on Wednesday.


  1. Using stacked bars is not really appropriate in this should have two bars, side by side, for each party. The way it's presented implies the measurement is adding viewership for the presidential and vice presidential candidates together.

  2. Absolutely agree with Jason, stacked bars are all wrong in this case. Took ages to understand, and I thought the point of charts was to make the text _less_ important.