Barack Obama’s audience for his acceptance speech likely topped 40 million people, and the Democratic gathering that nominated him was a more popular television event than any other political convention in history.
To give you a comparison of other highly rated shows. More people watched Obama speak from a packed stadium in Denver on Thursday than watched the Olympics opening ceremony in Beijing, the final “American Idol” or the Academy Awards this year, Nielsen Media Research said Friday. (Four playoff football games, including the Super Bowl between the Giants and Patriots, were seen by more than 40 million people.)
A little nostalgia look back when we were all hoping Kerry would beat Bush. The amount of people who watched John Kerry accept the Democratic nomination to run against President Bush, was seen by a little more than 20 million people. Bush’s acceptance speech to GOP delegates had 27.6 million viewers.
I have to disagree with MSM about the people that are still on the fence. It looks to me like quite a few jumped off and picked Obama’s side. Phoenix Woman over at Firedoglake.com took the words right out of my mouth. “In this age of the fractured audience, of literally hundreds of TV channels spread over our broadcast, cable and satellite networks, it’s amazing to get that many people to watch one single thing. Yet it happened.
Invesco Field was crammed to the gills and beyond. Over eighty thousand people saw Obama in person, saw the first black man ever to win a major-party nomination as a presidential candidate — saw, in fact, the man who will in a few months’ time be our first black president. And they did so on the forty-fifth anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s appearance in front of the Lincoln Memorial, whose classical columns were evoked on the DNC stage, for his “I Have a Dream” speech.
Can you feel the momentum – All I have to say is No Way, No How, No McCain!!!