DNC: Home-Field Advantage for NECN


With Democrats converging on Boston, the hometown news network got the jump on the local ratings for the first night of the party’s convention.

New England Cable News scored a 2.2 household rating in the Boston DMA from 9 p.m.-10 p.m. Monday, according to overnight ratings from Nielsen Media Research supplied by the network, a joint venture between Comcast Corp. and Hearst Corp. NECN’s numbers from the Democratic National Convention topped Cable News Network, which scored a 1.9, and Fox News Channel’s 1.4 within the DMA. MSNBC was fourth with a 0.8 average, while CN8, The Comcast Network pulled a 0.6 mark.

NECN also scored with its simulcast collaboration between its news-analysis show, NewsNight, and PBS station WGBH’s public-affairs program, Greater Boston.

These programs aired on both networks from 7 p.m.-9 p.m. and pulled a cumulative 3.0 household mark. NECN averaged a 1.2 during that two-hour span, according to Nielsen.

“We are delighted by our viewership throughout the first day of the DNC,” NECN vice president of news and station manager Charles Kravetz said in a prepared statement.

“NECN has mounted an unprecedented effort to provide our viewers with the best coverage available of this historic event,” he added. “With nine hours of live uninterrupted coverage inside the FleetCenter, NECN is appropriately labeled ‘The Convention News Station.’”