You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Cancer telethon pledges raise $80 mil

Viewership was up, but donations down

More than $80 million in pledges has been collected thus far from Friday’s “Stand Up to Cancer” telethon. The money will go to cancer research and treatment.

While 18.3 million Americans watched some of the hourlong program — up about 15% from the inaugural 2008 telecast — the telethon garnered less than the $100 million raised in 2008. Lisa Paulsen, president and CEO of the Entertainment Industry Foundation, which produces “Stand Up to Cancer” with other orgs, attributed the difference to the economy.

“In September 2008 we were not in a down economy,” Paulsen said. “We are now, and we are thrilled that America still came through with extraordinary donations.”

Donations may still be made via phone and online.

The spesh was hosted by Katie Couric, Diane Sawyer and Brian Williams and aired commercial free on the Big Four nets, HBO, Showtime and nine other cablers. It featured dozens of celebs. Musical performances from the telecast can be purchased on iTunes. The entire show is still available on the Stand Up to Cancer Web site.

Laura Ziskin exec produced.

More TV

  • Disney-ABC TV Chief on Weinstein's Victims,

    Disney-ABC TV Chief Ben Sherwood on Weinstein's Victims, Shonda Rhimes' Exit

    More than $80 million in pledges has been collected thus far from Friday’s “Stand Up to Cancer” telethon. The money will go to cancer research and treatment. While 18.3 million Americans watched some of the hourlong program — up about 15% from the inaugural 2008 telecast — the telethon garnered less than the $100 million […]

  • Bill OReilly Roger Ailes Sexual Harrassment

    Bill O'Reilly, Roger Ailes Still Loom Over Fox's Business (Analysis)

    More than $80 million in pledges has been collected thus far from Friday’s “Stand Up to Cancer” telethon. The money will go to cancer research and treatment. While 18.3 million Americans watched some of the hourlong program — up about 15% from the inaugural 2008 telecast — the telethon garnered less than the $100 million […]

  • RuPaul

    RuPaul Reveals the Queens Competing in 'RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars' Season 3

    More than $80 million in pledges has been collected thus far from Friday’s “Stand Up to Cancer” telethon. The money will go to cancer research and treatment. While 18.3 million Americans watched some of the hourlong program — up about 15% from the inaugural 2008 telecast — the telethon garnered less than the $100 million […]

  • Donald Trump

    SAG-AFTRA Supports 'Unencumbered Press' After Trump's License Revocation Threat

    More than $80 million in pledges has been collected thus far from Friday’s “Stand Up to Cancer” telethon. The money will go to cancer research and treatment. While 18.3 million Americans watched some of the hourlong program — up about 15% from the inaugural 2008 telecast — the telethon garnered less than the $100 million […]

  • Brent Briscoe Dead: 'Twin Peaks' and

    Brent Briscoe, 'Twin Peaks' and 'Parks and Recreation' Actor, Dies at 56

    More than $80 million in pledges has been collected thus far from Friday’s “Stand Up to Cancer” telethon. The money will go to cancer research and treatment. While 18.3 million Americans watched some of the hourlong program — up about 15% from the inaugural 2008 telecast — the telethon garnered less than the $100 million […]

  • 'Magnum P.I.' Reboot in Development at

    'Magnum P.I.' Reboot in Development at CBS From Peter Lenkov With Production Commitment

    More than $80 million in pledges has been collected thus far from Friday’s “Stand Up to Cancer” telethon. The money will go to cancer research and treatment. While 18.3 million Americans watched some of the hourlong program — up about 15% from the inaugural 2008 telecast — the telethon garnered less than the $100 million […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content