YouTube has come of age politically. The streaming platform — long (and laboriously) mocked as a purveyor of cute cat videos — announced today that its coverage of the Republican and Democratic National Conventions attracted 4.5 million and 4.6 million viewers, respectively, who tuned in for an average of 25 minutes.
Audience peaked on Thursday night when 250,000 viewers turned in for Hillary Clinton’s speech. Donald Trump’s speech the previous week at the RNC came in second with 217,000 viewers.
YouTube served as the official live stream partner for both conventions, providing gavel-to-gavel coverage. It sent a group of its top creators — including The Young Turks, Complex News, Seeker Daily, Ingrid Nilsen, Mark Watson and Julie Borowski — to each event, who reported using tools including mobile live streaming and Jump VR cameras.
The numbers are for the official live stream only and do not represent aggregate data of viewership on all clips of the conventions across YouTube.