How RNC Fared Versus ‘Honey Boo Boo’

Journal-isms: Reality show's ratings top those of any single cable channel's RNC coverage.

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Reality Show Tops Any Cable Channel’s RNC Coverage

Mitt Romney has always had to work hard to prove himself to the heart of the Republican Party, but more than 25.2 million people tuned in to the major networks and cable news stations to witness his well-received acceptance speech, making his the most watched hour of the convention, according to Nielsen Media Research,” Jeff Labrecque reported Friday for Entertainment Weekly.

“Enthusiasm — at least from a television perspective — continued to lag behind 2008, when John McCain and Sarah Palin were on the Republican ticket. McCain spoke to almost 39 million television viewers when he accepted his party’s nomination four years ago. This isn’t the 2008 election, which was unusual and highly contentious, in part because it was the first election that did not feature an incumbent or sitting vice-president in 40 years and in part because it featured two trailblazing candidates: Palin and Barack Obama. It will be interesting to see how the softer ratings impact the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C. next week.”

There’s also this: ” ‘Here Comes Honey Boo Boo,’ TLC’s controversial reality show about a self-proclaimed ‘redneck’ family and their Toddlers and Tiaras daughter, hit another ratings high Wednesday night,” Michael O’Connell reported for the Hollywood Reporter.

“. . . The half-hour series’ showing among adults 18-49 bested all other cable outings for the night — including coverage of the Republican National Convention — to pull a 1.3 rating,” although “aggregate coverage of the RNC across networks obviously eclipsed Honey Boo Boo considerably.”

U.S. Appeals Court Strikes Down Texas Voter ID Law

A federal appeals court in Washington Thursday struck down the Texas voter ID law requiring photos for voters at the polls, calling it racially discriminatory,” CNN reported.

“The decision is a major victory for the Obama administration and its Democratic allies, which had challenged the law.

“Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott promptly announced the state will appeal the ruling to the Supreme Court.