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CBS Beatles TV special to air around the world

Alfred Haber Inc. announced in a press release Feb. 13, that it was the new international distributor for the CBS-TV special "The Beatles: The Night They Changed America," and that the show will air in countries around the world. The show premiered in the U.S. on Feb. 9, on CBS, 50 years to the day, date and time of the original event.

Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr during the taping of "The Night They Changed America."
Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr during the taping of "The Night They Changed America."Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for NARAS

The company said countries that have purchased the show include Canal+'s D8/17 (France), WOWOW (Japan), Televisa (Mexico), Rogers Media (Canada), Foxtel (Australia), TVNZ (New Zealand), NTR (Netherlands), SVT (Sweden), TV Romania (Romania), and Net Media (Indonesia). A spokesman told Beatles Examiner exclusively that a deal has also been reached but as yet not announced for the show to be broadcast in the UK.

The 2 1/2-hour special celebrates the 50th anniversary of The Beatles' U.S. debut performance on “The Ed Sullivan Show,” and included a reunion of Sir Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr performing Beatles songs. The show also featured other musical stars paying tribute to the fab four; interviews with staff members from “The Ed Sullivan Show;” and an exclusive interview with the two Beatles by David Letterman. It averaged 13.95 million viewers when it aired this past Sunday, peaking at nearly 14.8 million during the final half hour, according to Nielsen ratings estimates.