More than 19 million Americans watched at least part of the "12-12-12: The Concert for Sandy Relief" on Wednesday.
Nielsen said Friday that 19.3 million viewers in the U.S. tuned in to at least a portion of the concert, which aired on 15 channels that are rated by the company. The average audience viewing at any given moment was 5.2 million viewers.
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The concert, which aired live from 7:30 p.m. ET until about midnight, also was carried on some smaller channels that are not rated by Nielsen.
Organizers told The New York Times that there were millions of Web streams during the concert, but those were not included in the Nielsen figures.
The concert was "the most widely distributed live musical event in history," according to Nielsen, with nearly 2 billion people around the world able to access it via TV, radio and the Internet.
The event, which was held at New York's Madison Square Garden, featured a slew of A-list performers including Paul McCartney and Nirvana, the Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Kanye West and Alicia Keys along with appearances from Kristen Stewart, Billy Crystal, Chris Rock, Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert and Jimmy Fallon, among others.
I was annoyed that the producers did not arrange to have the names of the performers appear at the bottom of the screen. If I left the room for even a couple of minutes I could come back & find that the performer had changed & I had difficulty knowing who he/she/they were. Tacky it seemed. Lets face it, all of us have aged since some of the performers became popular. I don't look the same as I did some 30 or 40 years ago & neither do they!
Yes, the sound was awful. It certainly took away from the performance(s).
Just think an additional $5 MILLION could have been donated if that puke hussein would have shown trump his school records.
hussein could have stuck it to Trump, taken $5 MILLION of Trumps money, and been a hero to thousands of NEEDY Americans.
hussein chose to say **** you NEEDY Americans, I have something to hide.
Not 1 lib puke in the media made a big deal of this, shocker.
$5 MILLION TO NEEDY Americans. All hussein had to do was get one of his peeps to fetch his records.
I heard the concert was awesome, unfortunately for me, I was working the call center taking donation calls and couldn't dvr it, but it was worth it... we had some wonderful people contribute, my first call was for 1000$, I even had a call from a Vietnam vet on disability who was only able to contribute 1$.
It makes you proud to be an American when you see your fellow Americans gather forces to help one another. Well Done.