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Big viewership for the Jackson memorial

Posted by Joanna Weiss  July 8, 2009 04:09 PM

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As expected, ratings for yesterday's Michael Jackson memorial were high. Just under 31 million people watched across 19 different television networks, according to Nielsen ratings released today.

That's fewer people than the 33.2 million who viewed Princess Diana's funeral in 1997, or the nearly 38 million who tuned in to President Obama's inauguration in January. But it also doesn't count the millions who viewed the memorial on live Internet streams. (On Yahoo, for instance, the memorial generated 5 million streams, compared to 1.8 million for the inauguration.)

And one more programming note, for Comcast customers: Many of Jackson's vintage videos are available on the Comcast On Demand menu, under "Top Picks."

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4 comments so far...
  1. Micahael, you're in a far better place than this creepy country

    Posted by a fan July 8, 09 05:39 PM
  1. Griffey is the BEST! Thanks!!

    Griffey's cool MJ tribute

    The Mariners' Ken Griffey Jr. honors Michael Jackson while batting. ยป Subtle homage caught on camera

    Posted by you're cool July 8, 09 07:05 PM
  1. There's more people loved Michael Jackson than Lady Diana than President Obama. So who care how many millions view whom and watch what.

    Posted by fact July 8, 09 07:35 PM
  1. That's a lot of Jesus Juice being served...

    Posted by CapnVann July 9, 09 02:05 AM
 

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