Amidst a night of almost all encores, Sunday saw the second benefit concert in a week on NBC as the only original on TV besides 60 Minutes. Hosted by Today’s Savannah Guthrie, The Women’s Concert for Change: Live From London (0.8/2) was watched by 2.98 million, which is well below the 8.4 million viewers and 1.9/5 rating for the one-hour live tornado-relief concert Healing In The Heartland: Relief Benefit Concert on May 29. Concert For Change did match the ratings of Fox’s one-hour Rihanna 777 music documentary special May 6. Growing by 14% in adults 18-49 from its first to second hour, Concert For Change won the 10-11 PM time slot up repeats of The Mentalist (0.7/2) and ABC’s new Motive (0.5/2). The concert featured performances from Jennifer Lopez, John Legend, Florence + The Machine and Beyonce and a cameo by Jay-Z, and appearances by Madonna, Jada Pinkett Smith, Ryan Reynolds, Blake Lively, Zoe Saldana, James Franco, Salma Hayek Pinault and Zero Dark Thirty’s Jessica Chastain. Not technically live from London despite its title, the 9-11 PM broadcast was recorded June 1 in London’s Twickenham Stadium.
60 Minutes (1.0/4) was the only other original on TV last night. The most-watched show of the night by far with 8.37 million viewers, the newsmagazine was down 23% from its last original May 19 to hit a season low. Repeats of Fox’s animation block made that network No. 1 in adults 18-49 on Sunday, with CBS winning total viewers with 5.334 million. The 9 PM Family Guy repeat was the highest-rated show of the night with a 1.7/5.
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