McCain draws record 38.9 mln viewers, bests Obama

LOS ANGELES Fri Sep 5, 2008 3:12pm EDT

U.S. Republican presidential nominee Senator John McCain (R-AZ) gives a thumb up after accepting the nomination during the fourth and final day of the 2008 Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minnesota, September 4, 2008. REUTERS/John Gress

U.S. Republican presidential nominee Senator John McCain (R-AZ) gives a thumb up after accepting the nomination during the fourth and final day of the 2008 Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minnesota, September 4, 2008.

Credit: Reuters/John Gress

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A record 38.9 million U.S. TV viewers tuned in to watch John McCain accept the Republican nomination for president on Thursday, beating the record set last week by Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama, Nielsen Media Research reported.

McCain's tally was also higher than the 37.2 million Americans who tuned in to hear Republican vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin's speech on Wednesday.

(Reporting by Jill Serjeant)