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DNC Tops RNC In Opening Night Television Ratings

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The Democratic National Convention's first nigh fared better than the RNC's opening night in television ratings. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

The Democratic National Convention’s first nigh fared better than the RNC’s opening night in television ratings. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

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NEW YORK (AP) — Michelle Obama has bragging rights over Ann Romney in one early measurement — television ratings.

The Nielsen Co. said about 26.2 million people watched the opening night of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., on Tuesday, where the first lady was the featured speaker.

Last week, Nielsen said 22.3 million watched the first night of the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., where potential first lady Ann Romney talked about her husband, Mitt. The same number of viewers watched the Democrats’ first night in 2008, when Michelle Obama was also the featured speaker.

NBC had the biggest audience Tuesday night, followed by its cable sister MSNBC.

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