Michael Jackson Memorial

2009, TV Show


Jackson Memorial Draws 31 Million TV Viewers, Millions More Online

The Michael Jackson memorial service

Michael Jackson's memorial service on Tuesday drew 31.1 million total viewers across 18 broadcast and cable networks tallied by Nielsen.

Princess Diana's September 1997 funeral (which began at 6 am/ET), by comparison, drew 33.25 million viewers, while former President Ronald Reagan's June 2004 funeral (a midday service) had an audience of 20.8 million.

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Michael Jackson Memorial Honors "Greatest Entertainer"

Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson's memorial service on Tuesday managed to honor nearly every element of the singer's extraordinary life, from his phenomenal childhood to his troubled later years.

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The audience of thousands stood and applauded for 45 seconds in agreement as Motown Records founder Berry Gordy concluded that Jackson was not merely the King of Pop, but the ... read more

Watch the Michael Jackson Memorial Live on TVGuide.com

Michael Jackson

Watch the live stream of the Michael Jackson memorial on TVGuide.com, including updates from our correspondent inside the Staples Center. The stream begins at 12:55 pm/ET.

The Jackson family has confirmed a preliminary list of participants for the memorial service that includes Kobe Bryant, Mariah Carey, Berry Gordy, Jennifer Hudson, Magic Johnson, John Mayer, Lionel Richie, Smokey Robinson, Rev. Al Sharpton, Brooke Shields, Usher, and Stevie Wonder. People is reporting that Beyonce Knowles and Whitney Houston will also appear, but will not perform. The family statement indicated that the list was subject to change, but that no further information would be available in advance of the service.

Despite the bold-faced names on the guest list, organizers have emphasized that the memorial will be a somber, respectful affair, not an entertainment event. The AP is reporting that Jackson's body will be present.

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Premise: Coverage of the memorial service for Michael Jackson (1958-2009) at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Slated participants include Mariah Carey, Stevie Wonder, Usher, Kobe Bryant, Magic Johnson, Smokey Robinson and Rev. Al Sharpton.


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