CBS’s Big Brother was last night’s No. 1 entertainment show. And NBC led the coverage of the Democratic National Convention at 10 p.m., averaging a 2.1 in the hour. The 10 p.m. information from Nielsen is based on non-time zone-adjusted fast nationals and only measures the 10 p.m. hour. Obama’s speech went a bit past 11 p.m.
The Labor Dept.’s report today showing that the unemployment rate nudged down .2 percentage points won’t do much to lift President Obama’s standing in the election race. The report was weak throughout. Hourly pay fell; manufacturers cut the most jobs in two years, and the number of people in the work force dropped to its lowest level in 31 years.
The president’s team plunked down more than $181,000 in ad time on Tampa-area network affiliates for the last week of August, to ensure that the president isn’t completely out of the spotlight when Mitt Romney is crowned as the GOP standard-bearer.
The president’s re-election campaign is inquiring about rates in key states, sources say.
President Obama invited contingents from three local stations to the White House for interviews focusing on his new jobs bill. The President sat down with Vicki Yates of WTVF in Nashville; Cameron Kent of WXII in Greensboro-Winston-Salem, NC; and Jim Payne of WESH in Orlando.