Scenes from the floor of the 2016 Republican National Convention on Monday, July 18, 2016, in Cleveland.
Landon Nordeman for TIME
July 19, 2016 5:09 PM EDT

The first day of the Republican National Convention allowed Fox News to beat its cable and broadcast news competitors on Monday night, and saw a rise in ratings compared to the convention four years ago.

Fox News averaged about 5.50 million viewers from 8 to 11 p.m. Monday night, including 1.60 viewers who were adults between the ages of 25 and 54 during the 10 p.m. hour, Politico reported. In 2012, when Mitt Romney was the Republican presidential nominee, the network averaged 5.15 million viewers from 8 to 11 p.m. the first night, according to Adweek.

The network averaged about 6.35 million viewers during the 10 p.m. hour Monday night, a slight dip from 2012, when Fox News averaged 6.89 million viewers at 10 p.m.

Despite the ratings bump, the convention’s first night drew mixed results. A speech by Trump’s wife Melania prompted accusations of plagiarism as critics said it lifted lines from Michelle Obama’s 2008 convention speech.


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