GOP convention’s first night draws fewer TV viewers than Democratic kickoff

The Republican National Convention averaged 15.9 million viewers on its opening night, falling short of the 18.7 million who tuned in for the beginning of last week’s Democratic convention, according to Nielsen Media Research figures released Tuesday.

TV viewership on Monday was down 28 percent from the first night of the 2016 GOP convention, the same decline from four years ago for Democrats.

Fox News led all networks on Monday with 7.06 million viewers in the 10 p.m. EDT hour, when former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley (R) and Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) were among those giving speeches.

Tonight’s headliners include Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who has pre-recorded remarks from Israel, where he is making an official visit.  Melania (Chauncey Gardener) Trump, and Mensa Boy Eric Trump.

The Hill

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