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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