Nielsen clocks average viewership at 5.2 mil for nearly five-hour show
More than 19 million people tuned in to Wednesday’s “12-12-12″ Hurricane Sandy relief concert.Telecast was roadblocked on 14 cable nets and broadcaster Ion from 7:30 p.m.-midnight. Nielsen clocked 19.3 million viewers for the live telecast, with average viewership of about 5.2 million viewers. “12-12-12″ was also available online Wednesday evening via live stream on YouTube. Nielsen dubbed the telecast “the most widely distributed live musical event in history, accessible to nearly two billion people worldwide on television, radio and the Internet.” Concert, held at Gotham’s Madison Square Garden, featured performances from artists including Eric Clapton, the Rolling Stones, Kanye West, the Who, Paul McCartney and Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band. According to event organizer Robin Hood, more than $30 million was raised from sponsorships, corporate donations and ticket revenue alone with proceeds going to orgs aiding victims of Hurricane Sandy.