Trump Says 'Fake News' Doesn't Want to Report True RNC Audience Figures

President Donald Trump has accused some media outlets of not reporting that overall viewing figures and money raised from the Republican National Convention (RNC) were higher than the Democratic Party's event, although more people watched the DNC on television.

On Saturday morning, Trump shared a tweet from GOP chairwoman Ronna McDaniel stating that the RNC had attracted 147.5 million views across TV and digital, which she said was 25 million more than the DNC which took place the previous week.

Her tweet also boasted that the RNC had raised $76 million for Trump's re-election campaign, or $6 million more than the DNC did for Joe Biden's campaign.

Along with his retweet of McDaniel's message, Trump wrote: "the Fake News doesn't want to report these numbers. The @latimes and others believed the Crooked Dems before the real numbers came out.

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President Donald Trump on August 27, 2020 in Washington, DC after the Republican National Convention. He has boasted that audience numbers were higher than for the Democratic party's event. Alex Wong/Getty Images

"Too bad we don't have honest reporting when it comes to "Trump". Phony sources, they say anything and think they get away with it," he added.

Ever the competitor, Trump had earlier boasted in a tweet that "the Republican National Convention blew the Democrat National Convention AWAY. Not even close!" and accused the Democrats of lying about its audience numbers, "just like their lies on Russia, Football (PLAY!) and everything else!"

The audience figure that Trump and McDaniel were citing came from a Fox News report quoting a "senior campaign official" that there had been 147.9 million total views across television and online between Monday and the end of Thursday night's programming.

Wow! Despite the Democrats views across TV and online lie (Con!), we had 147.9 million, the Republican National Convention blew the Democrat National Convention AWAY. Not even close! Just like their lies on Russia, Football (PLAY!) and everything else! NOVEMBER 3rd.

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 29, 2020

The reference to it beating the DNC by 25 million also appears to come from a Fox News report which said there were 122 million views across television and online during the DNC.

There have been a number of claims circulating on social media throughout the week about the audience numbers from the RNC. The Associated Press reported that there is no way to truly calculate the total views across platforms, including all online streaming options.

However data from the Nielsen company which looked at viewers from 11 television networks, showed that the TV audience for the DNC over the four days was 86.3 million, or nearly nine million higher than the 77.5 million who tuned in to the RNC.

The opening night of the RNC averaged 17 million viewers, less than the 19.7 million who tuned into the DNC's first night, according to Nielsen, as cited by the AP.

But Trump's favorite outlet Fox News did get the largest audience for opening night convention coverage ever for a cable news network, with 7.1 million viewers, or over three times more than its nearest competitor, CNN, which got two million.

Also, the RNC did get a much bigger TV audience on its first night on C-SPAN than the Democrat event and there were slightly more people who watched the second night of the RNC (19.4 million) on TV than those who watched the second night of the DNC (19.2 million).

The Democratic National Committee said there was an increase in those watching convention events on streaming platforms, with 35 million live video streams across four nights, The Los Angeles Times reported.