The crowd may have loved Bubba, but he was no match for football.
Former President Bill Clinton gave a rousing oration on behalf of President Barack Obama Wednesday night at the Democratic National Convention, which was carried live on multiple networks.
But the initial ratings were less than thrilling. ABC and CBS each drew fewer than 4 million total viewers with their 10 p.m. coverage of the convention, which included part of Clinton’s speech.
One reason for the low tally was competition. NBC stayed away from the convention and instead aired the NFL regular-season kickoff game, featuring the Dallas Cowboys against defending Super Bowl champs the New York Giants. Including the pregame special, the game averaged 20.6 million viewers for the night, according to early numbers from Nielsen.
NBC News special correspondent Tom Brokaw was taken to a Charlotte hospital Thursday morning after appearing on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” He later tweeted that he was doing OK.
The network said Brokaw, 72, felt “light-headed” on the set of the news-talk program, which has been originating this week from Charlotte. “Out of an abundance of caution,” he was taken to a Charlotte-area hospital, which was not identified. NBC said he was being evaluated and “is in good spirits.”
At about 10 a.m., Brokaw posted on Twitter: “All is well Early AM I mistakenly took a half dose of Ambien and made less sense than usual. Made a better comeback than Giants...”
Britain’s press watchdog said Thursday it will not for now open an investigation into a tabloid’s publication of nude photos of Prince Harry because royal officials have not filed a formal complaint.
The Sun was Britain’s only national newspaper to carry the pictures of Harry frolicking in the nude with an unidentified woman in his Las Vegas hotel room after the images appeared online and drew international attention.
The Press Complaints Commission said it received around 3,800 complaints after The Sun published the pictures, but royal officials were not among those filing.
When asked about a possible formal complaint, Harry’s office said it is still considering matters and will make a decision “in our own time.”