Paul Ryan not nearly the TV draw Sarah Palin was

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by Associated Press

Associated Press

Posted on August 30, 2012 at 7:01 PM

Updated Thursday, Aug 30 at 7:02 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan isn't nearly as much of a draw at the party's national convention as Sarah Palin (PAY'-lihn) was four years ago.

The Nielsen ratings company says an estimated 21.9 million people watched GOP convention coverage Wednesday night over nine networks. The marquee event was Ryan's acceptance speech as Mitt Romney's running mate.

More than 40 million people watched Palin's acceptance speech at the 2008 convention. Nielsen estimated an audience of 37.2 million in 2008 for all the networks except PBS, which pegged its audience at 3.9 million based on a slightly less complete Nielsen sample.

Fox News Channel had more viewers than anyone else covering the convention Wednesday for the second night in a row.

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