First night of DNC watched by 18.7 million people

A total of 18.7 million people watched the first night of the Democratic National Convention, according to Fox News, citing early Nielsen Media Research.

That number reflects a drop from the 26 million people who watched the first night of the Democratic National Convention in 2016, when Hillary Clinton was running for president.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic the convention was held virtually, with speakers appearing live from different cities across the country and in pre-recorded videos.

Former First Lady Michelle Obama and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders were among the key speakers rallying support for Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and his running mate, Senator Kamala Harris of California. (Reporting by Helen Coster Editing by Chris Reese and Tom Brown)

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