Nearly 20 million viewers tune in to watch 12-12-12 Hurricane Sandy relief concert

By Daniel S Levine,

The 12-12-12 concert for Hurricane Sandy relief, filled with performances from music legends and urged people to donate to the Robin Hood Relief Fund, was seen by nearly 20 million people on Wednesday night.

According to The New York Times, Nielsen, the company that tracks TV ratings, said Friday that 19.3 million Americans watched The Concert for Sandy Relief on the 15 Nielsen-rated channels. That includes AMC, HBO, Hallmark, FX, Bio and IFC.

The concert was also carried by other smaller cable networks and was streamed online, which organizers say were watched by millions more. Those numbers are not included in Nielsen’s findings.

Over the course of the four-and-a-half-hour show, it averaged 5.2 million at any moment, Nielsen said. By comparison, NBC’s Hurricane Sandy: Coming Together telethon, which aired just days after the disaster, drew 6.2 million viewers.

Organizers said Thursday that they are still counting donations. They estimate that the concert made at least $30 million from ticket sales and corporate donations. The Robin Hood Relief Fund said that they should have a final number by Monday.

The concert was highlighted by performances from The Rolling Stones, The Who, Bruce Springsteen, Paul McCartney, Kanye West, Alicia Keys and Billy Joel.

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