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Sarah Palin might just be what the Republicans need. To boost their TV ratings.
John McCain's surprising vice presidential pick was due to be the star attraction at tonight's Republican National Convention, which in the early going has failed to match the Democratic National Convention as a draw.
Last night's convention coverage was watched by about 21.5 million on six broadcast and cable networks, Nielsen Media Research said.
That's down a bit from the same GOP night in 2004 (22.2 million), and it's down a lot from the same Democratic night last week (26 million).
Nielsen didn't bother to tabulate Monday's ratings as the Republicans scuttled their prime-time show in deference to Hurricane Gustav.