Trump's acceptance speech beats Hillary Clinton's in TV viewership

WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump pulled off the upset — at least in television popularity.

The Nielsen company estimated that 29.8 million people watched Hillary Clinton's acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention on Thursday night on the commercial networks. That fell short of the 32.2 million people who watched Trump speak to the Republicans a week before.

That came despite the Democrats reaching more people than the Republicans on each of the first three days of their respective conventions.

 

Meanwhile, the White House is inviting representatives of Trump's and  Clinton's campaigns to start participating in meetings about the presidential transition.

White House chief of staff Denis McDonough spoke by phone Friday with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Ed Meier. Christie is Trump's transition chairman and Meier works for Clinton's campaign.

The White House says McDonough informed the campaigns that Trump and Clinton are now eligible to receive intelligence briefings from the government. He told them their campaigns can also now use government-provided workspace in Washington for transition planning.

McDonough says senior White House officials will be in touch with both campaigns in the coming weeks.

It's traditional for the outgoing administration to conduct planning with both major parties' nominees to ensure a smooth transition for whoever wins.