Last night at the Republican Convention, surprise guest speaker Clint Eastwood stole the show. In a speech in which he praised and endorsed Mitt Romney, Eastwood put on a bizarre performance that included speaking to an imaginary Barack Obama in an empty chair.
The speech has blown up online. Using our True Reach methodology, we've identified over 70 clips of Eastwood's performance, including the original speech, commentary, and a couple spoofs. In all, the clips have driven over 555,000 views and 10,000 comments, all within 12 hours of hitting the web.
Eastwood's speech has not only stolen the media spotlight from Mitt Romney, but he's also stolen views from the convention. Using the same True Reach methodology, we took a look at the convention's most-watched speakers online. We found that Eastwood has already driven the most views of the convention. Romney's running mate, Paul Ryan, comes in second with over 400,000 views, nearly 150,000 views behind Eastwood. Also consider that Ryan spoke on Wednesday. Eastwood spoke just last night.
After Ryan, Ann Romney comes in third place among speakers at the convention with over 380,000 views. Keynote speaker Chris Christie follows with just under 275,000 views. Mitt Romney is currently in ninth place with 35,000 views, though his view count will undoubtedly increase in the next couple days.
Clint Eastwood's speech will continue to grow throughout the day. How big do you think it will get? Stay tuned for updates...
Update 1: As of Friday at 5:00, Eastwood's speech has produced over 125 clips online, for a grand total 1.5 million views. This almost tops all other RNC speeches combined, which have a total 1.75 million views. Romney's speech has gained views as well, though not as much, reaching 58,000 views.