Jackson memorial draws 31 million viewers

The King of Pop’s final act drew a huge crowd to the tube.

The Michael Jackson memorial service drew an estimated 31 million viewers between noon and 3 p.m. (CT) on Tuesday, according to Nielsen. The service was televisied on all broadcast networks (except The CW) and carried on cable networks BET, MTV, E!, CNN, and Fox News, among others.

Meanwhile, crowds of people gathered at public viewing places to see the memorial service including Adam Clayton Powell Park in Harlem (New York City) and the Harold Washington Cultural Center in Chicago’s Bronzeville (Grand Boulevard) neighborhood. Crowds also gathered at Daley Plaza to watch the service on WBBM-TV’s Jumbotron screen.

The three-hour presentation was thoughtful and respectful in tone. A wonderful way to send off one of music’s most successful superstars.