PBS NewsHour and NPR News Joint Coverage of Republican and Democratic National Conventions Seen by Nearly 30 Million Viewers

Washington, DC (8.1.16) — PBS NewsHour’s joint coverage with NPR of the Republican National Convention on PBS stations nationwide July 18 – 21, 2016 and the Democratic National Convention July 25 – 28, 2016 reached 29.7 million total viewers (Nielsen Fast Total Audience data). This marked a 3% improvement on the 28.8 million viewers for the 2012 coverage on PBS. (*Note, the coverage in 2012 was for three nights each week and six nights total, with coverage starting at 7 pm and the coverage in 2016 was for eight nights total, each starting at 8 pm.)

Prime time coverage from 8 – 11pm EDT each night of the 2016 Democratic National Convention had an average audience of 2.44 million viewers (P2+) with an average HH rating of 1.6. The total audience cume projection for the week was 17.9 million viewers. From 10-11pm, the average HH rating was 2.0 and the average audience was 3.15 million viewers (Nielsen Fast National, Live + Same Day data).

Prime time coverage from 8 – 11pm EDT each night of the 2016 Republican National Convention reached a cumulative audience of 17.9 million total viewers. From 8-11pm, there was an average audience of 1.77 million viewers (P2+) and an average HH rating of 1.2. From 10-11pm, the average HH rating was 1.3 and the average audience was 1.90 million viewers (Nielsen Fast National, Live + Same Day data).

About PBS NewsHour

PBS NewsHour is seen by over four million weekly viewers and is also available online, via public radio in select markets, and via podcast. PBS NewsHour is a production of NewsHour Productions LLC, a wholly-owned non-profit subsidiary of WETA Washington, D.C., in association with WNET in New York. Major funding for PBS NewsHour is provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, PBS and public television viewers. Major corporate funding is provided by BNSF, Lincoln Financial Group, MD Anderson Cancer Center, and XQ Institute, with additional support from Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, Carnegie Corporation of New York, the J. Paul Getty Trust, the S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Lemelson Foundation, National Science Foundation, The Rockefeller Foundation, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Ford Foundation, Skoll Foundation, Friends of the NewsHour and others. More information on PBS NewsHour is available at www.pbs.org/newshour. On social media, visit NewsHour on Facebook or follow @NewsHour on Twitter.

About NPR

NPR connects to audiences on the air, online, and in person. More than 26 million radio listeners tune in to NPR each week and more than 30 million unique visitors access NPR.org each month making NPR one of the most trusted sources of news and insights on life and the arts. NPR shares compelling stories, audio and photos with millions of social media users on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, YouTube and Snapchat; NPR News and NPR One apps, online streaming, podcasts, iTunes radio and connected car dashboards help meet audiences where they are. NPR’s live events bring to the stage two-way conversations between NPR hosts and the audience in collaboration with the public radio Member Station community. This robust access to public service journalism makes NPR an indispensable resource in the media landscape.

About WETA, Washington, DC

WETA Washington, D.C., is one of the largest producing stations of new content for public television in the United States. WETA productions and co-productions include PBS NewsHour, Washington Week with Gwen Ifill, The Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize, The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song and documentaries by filmmaker Ken Burns and scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Sharon Percy Rockefeller is president and CEO. The WETA studios and administrative offices are located in Arlington, Virginia. More information on WETA and its programs and services is available at www.weta.org.

About PBS Election 2016

PBS Election 2016 is a year-long, cross-platform initiative that brings together PBS’ news, public affairs, documentary and digital programming to create a comprehensive look at the 2016 election cycle. Acclaimed series PBS NEWSHOUR, FRONTLINE and WASHINGTON WEEK, as well as new and returning series and specials such as THE CONTENDERS – 16 FOR ’16 and AMERICA BY THE NUMBERS, will cover breaking news, provide context for political issues and explore behind-the-scenes stories of the candidates and the election process. PBS Election 2016 also includes a partnership with NPR in which the two organizations will share information across broadcast, radio and digital platforms.