The party “may have to do a virtual convention,” the former vice president said Sunday. “The idea of holding the convention is going to be necessary. We may not be able to put 10, 20, 30,000 people in one place,” he told ABC’s This Week, calling an online convention “very possible.”
Democratic National Convention viewership continued to pace ahead of 2008 on Wednesday night, despite formidable competition from the NFL. Seven networks averaged 25.1 million total viewers for second-day coverage from 10 p.m. to 11:30 p.m., according to Nielsen, up from 24 million for the equivalent night four years ago. So far the first two nights of the DNC have outdrawn the first two nights of the RNC.
The NFL opener between the Dallas Cowboys and New York Giants averaged a 16.5 household rating, according to Nielsen’s metered markets, tying for the fifth-best metered-market rating ever for a regular-season primetime game on NBC. At 10 p.m., ABC and CBS tied for third at 0.9, each for Democratic National Convention coverage. They were both up from Tuesday’s first-night coverage.