Garth Brooks concert tops Friday, doubles Gaga

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Garth Brooks has been playing to sold-out crowds for last four years in Las Vegas. On Friday, the country legend proved he can still draw an impressive national TV audience too.

CBS’ two-hour telecast of Garth Brooks, Live From Las Vegas delivered 8.7 million viewers and a 1.8 rating among adults 18-49. That’s double the viewers and adult demo rating of a certain other music artist’s prime-time special this week — Lady Gaga’s romp with the Muppets, which aired on Thursday. Brooks easily had the highest-rated and most-watched show among the broadcasters last night. Competition was soft, to be sure, but for a music special on a Friday night during a holiday weekend this is a good number.

The concert marked Brooks’ final show of his one-man residency on The Strip. The country artist previously retired from performing in 2001 to spend more time with his family.

Also Friday: ABC’s annual return of How the Grinch Stole Christmas, along with Shrek the Halls (perhaps the only holiday animated special with enough of a track record to show its going to be around for awhile). Full chart:

NET/TIME/SHOW  18-49 RATING TOTAL VIEWERS
FOX 8-9P BONES R 0.6 2,904
9:00P HOPE 0.6 1,752
9:30P HOPE 0.6 1,628
ABC 8:00P GRINCH R 1.5 5,859
8:30P SHREK HALLS R 1.5 5,367
9-10P SHARK TANK R 1.2 4,695
10-11P 20/20- 0.9 5,040
CBS 8:00P HOOPS-XMAS- R 0.4 2,310
8:30P ELF-SHELF R 0.6 3,050
9-11P GARTH BROOKS 1.8 8,745
NBC 8-9P DATLN FR- 1.2 7,187
9-10P GRIMM- 1.3 5,657
10-11P DRACULA- 0.9 2,833
CW 8-9P GRANDMA-OVR RS 0.4 1,232
9-10P NIKITA-11/29 S 0.2 884
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