I watched Barack Obama’s speech last night. He spoke from 10:16pm until nearly 11, and only faltered once. He tripped over 1 word, but caught himself and went on with it. I can’t have a full conversation – rehearsed or not – and not stumble over a sentence or two. His public speaking abilities are not the sole reason I’d vote for him, since after Bush, there are some elementary school debate teams who would do better.
I’m not surprised the Democratic National Convention trumped the American Idol ratings, since it’s only shown on one channel, but I wonder if the Asssociated Press is taking into account that the Olympics are broadcast on more than one network. They don’t have the ratings for at least 2 networks for Obama’s address last night, I wonder how many they’re missing for the Olympics…
Obama’s speech seen by 38 million viewers
NEW YORK (AP) — Barack Obama’s acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention was seen by more than 38 million people.
Nielsen Media Research said more people watched Obama speak than watched the Olympics opening ceremony in Beijing, the final “American Idol” or the Academy Awards this year. Obama talked before a live audience of 80,000 people in Denver.
His TV audience nearly doubled the amount of people who watched John Kerry accept the Democratic nomination to run against President Bush four years ago. Kerry’s speech was seen by just over 20 million people.
Obama’s audience might be higher, since Nielsen didn’t have an estimate for how many people watched Obama on PBS or C-SPAN Thursday night.