Joe Biden Receives Highest Convention Viewer Ratings

09/21/2012 08:46 am ET | Updated Sep 21, 2012

Vice President Joe Biden had the highest viewer ratings out of all speakers at both the Republican and Democratic national conventions, according to Nielsen Ratings.

Biden was watched by 14.7 percent of the 289.7 million people in the U.S. who live in homes with a television. President Barack Obama came in second, with 13.7 percent. GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney was third, with 12.5 percent, former President Bill Clinton fourth, with 10.9 percent, and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) fifth, with 10.4 percent.

Actor and director Clint Eastwood, who generated considerable buzz for his bizarre, unscripted empty-chair routine representing President Barack Obama, was sixth, with 9.9 percent.

The three major networks scaled back their coverage to an hour of each convention. Clinton spoke at the same time as the NFL opener. However, he had more viewers.

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