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'Honey Boo Boo' Ratings Match Bill Clinton DNC Speech On CNN

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Bill Clinton's Democratic National Convention speech might have had both fans and foes cheering, but that still wasn't enough to beat "Honey Boo Boo."

The ratings for the Wednesday episode of "Honey Boo Boo" matched that of CNN's coverage of the DNC in the key 18-49 demographic, on the night where Clinton was the shining star, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The show took in 2.4 million viewers, a 20 percent drop from the previous week, but still boasted a big pull. THR reports:

Honey Boo Boo tied CNN's coverage of the Democratic National Convention -- including a speech from President Bill Clinton -- and syndicated Big Bang Theory encores among 18-49-ers on cable ... (Aggregate coverage of the DNC clearly eclipsed Honey Boo Boo by all measurements, and DNC ratings reflect the entire 10 p.m. hour, with Honey Boo Boo only airing from 10 to 10: 30 p.m.)

Clinton's speech ratings not only tied with "Honey Boo Boo," but also with the National Football League season-opener game on NBC, Entertainment Weekly reported. In terms of millions of individuals viewers, Clinton scored 20.6 million while the Giants versus the Cowboys took in 20.5 million viewers.

EW noted that the ratings for Day 2 of the 2012 DNC were lower compared to Day 2 of the 2008 DNC. A whopping 22.2 million viewers watched Hillary Clinton endorse former rival Barack Obama in his first bid for president.

Michelle Obama reigned supreme over this year's DNC. The First Lady nabbed top ratings with 26.2 million viewers on Tuesday night, according to Nielsen Co. via a HitFix report. Ann Romney, who spoke on the first night of the RNC, took in 22.3 million, matching Michelle's numbers when she first spoke in support of her husband at the 2008 DNC.

From Hilary to "Honey Boo Boo" star Alana Thompson, Michelle to Ann, the ladies sure know how to attract an audience.

Last week, TLC's newest reality series saw its biggest ratings, scoring almost 3 million viewers. "Honey Boo Boo" bested the Republican National Convention among adults 18-49, garnering a 1.3 rating, THR previously reported.

Clarification: The headline has been amended to reflect that the ratings comparison is limited to that of the speech on CNN, not across all networks that broadcast it.

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