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CBS to repeat Beatles 'The Night That Changed America'; show got big ratings

CBS announced in a press release Feb. 11 it will repeat the 2½ hour special “The Night That Changed America: A Grammy Tribute to the Beatles” at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT Feb. 12.

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

The network said the first airing of the special on Sunday in primetime averaged 13.95 million viewers and peaked at nearly 14.8 million during the final half hour. According to Zap2It.com's Nielsen ratings numbers for the night posted Monday, the show placed behind the Winter Olympics on NBC, but well ahead of the Fox prime-time lineup that included “The Simpsons,” “Bob's Burgers,” “Family Guy” and “American Dad” on Fox and “Toy Story 3” and “Castle” on ABC. The show's competition included not only the Olympics but also the winter premiere of "The Walking Dead."

For anyone wondering about whether the show will be released on DVD or audio, from what Beatles Examiner has learned, there's been no word so far that will happen, though it doesn't appear to have been ruled out.

You can find detailed looks at what actually happened at the taping in our report and another by LA Music Examiner Belinda Thomas, who also has a video interview with Ringo Starr about the Lifetime Achievement Award the Grammys gave to the Beatles.

And you can see an interview that Linda Yee of San Francisco CBS-TV station KPIX-TV did with us about the impact of the Beatles music on America and what it means to be a Beatles fan.

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