9:59 am - 01/26/2010

Hope For Haiti Now telethon ratings, charts, and total raised

Friday night’s "Hope For Haiti Now" telethon raised more than $61 million for the victims of the devastating earthquake that struck the Caribbean island two weeks ago, Reuters reports. An average of 24 million people watched the entire two-hour special, while an astounding 83 million total U.S. viewers tuned in at various points of the telecast and an additional 5.8 million streamed the special online. As Rolling Stone reported in our live blog, "Hope For Haiti Now" featured memorable performances by Justin Timberlake and Matt Morris, Madonna, Neil Young and Dave Matthews, Beyoncé, a collaboration between Jay-Z, U2’s Bono and the Edge and Rihanna and more.

While the song "Stranded (Haiti Mon Amour)," performed by Jay-Z, U2 and Rihanna, was the big story heading into "Hope For Haiti Now," the performance that has drawn the most charity downloads on iTunes internationally has been Justin Timberlake and Matt Morris’ duet on Leonard Cohen’s "Hallelujah." In fact, as of press time, JT’s "Hallelujah" continues to top U.S. iTunes Top Singles chart, beating out Taylor Swift’s "Today Was a Fairytale"; it’s also the lone “Hope For Haiti Now” performance on the iTunes Top 10 songs chart. The entire Hope For Haiti Now album currently sits at Number One on iTunes’ Albums Chart, and is all but guaranteed the top spot on tomorrow’s Billboard 200 chart.

According to Reuters, organizers will continue to collect money from "Hope For Haiti Now" for the next six months. Despite the ongoing recession, the telethon raised more than the Hurricane Katrina special "Shelter From the Storm," which pulled in $40 million. In fact, "Hope For Haiti Now" wound up in the same impressive ballpark as American Idol’s two "Idol Gives Back" specials, which raised $76 million and $60 million in 2007 and 2008.


Yay for all ONTDers who watched the telethon and donated, either through Hope for Haiti Now or any other charity! And I'm so glad that the Hope for Haiti Now album is #1 on iTunes.
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aaameeting 26th-Jan-2010 04:11 pm (UTC)
Go Clooney!
tourniquet737 26th-Jan-2010 04:12 pm (UTC)
83 million tuning in isn't astounding when it was on 20 of my 60 channels.
aliahs66 26th-Jan-2010 04:13 pm (UTC)
that's good news...

sadly, there's still so much selfish and dumb people in this world:

edwinaxmonsoon 26th-Jan-2010 04:19 pm (UTC)
I don't see that as selfish or dumb honestly
dejageorgie 26th-Jan-2010 04:22 pm (UTC)
yes it is...going through life with the outlook of 'well if there's nothing in it for me/they didn't help me why should i help them' is very selfish.
aliahs66 26th-Jan-2010 04:26 pm (UTC)
I'm asking myself what is being selfish or dumb for you then...
boomstick 26th-Jan-2010 04:27 pm (UTC)
I think it's pretty dumb to wonder why a place that has nothing didn't help out one of the richest countries in the world.

And it's selfish to only donate a couple of bucks to people who obviously badly need it because you want something in return.

Help because it's the right thing to do...not because you want people to owe you something.
eponine84 26th-Jan-2010 04:28 pm (UTC)
It's not selfish to be mad about two hours of prime-time television being pre-empted by a telethon for the victims of an earthquake?
likegunfire 26th-Jan-2010 04:28 pm (UTC)
lol that's like the epitome of selfish, what are you talking about
ljok_0 26th-Jan-2010 04:19 pm (UTC)
HOLY SHIT, yours beat mine by a landslide. i cannot believe people are such fucking morons.

also no one helped us with 9/11, is this bitch on crack?
boomstick 26th-Jan-2010 04:23 pm (UTC)
I've seen shit like this on my feed. Nothing this bad, though. WAAAAAAAH HAITI WON'T HELP US WAAAAAAAAAAH! WTF??
mollayyy 26th-Jan-2010 04:23 pm (UTC)
Jeez I fucking hate people.
miss_mishi 26th-Jan-2010 04:25 pm (UTC)
......she cares more about the JERSEY SHORE than people's lives?



eponine84 26th-Jan-2010 04:26 pm (UTC)
Wow, if that is your Facebook I hope you unfriended that jackass. Ugh, people suck.
boomstick 26th-Jan-2010 04:29 pm (UTC)
Also her initial comment..."thanks a lot Haiti"

What, did Haiti ask the Earthquake Gods to please come take a shit on their homes so that Liz from Bumblefuck, Nowhere wouldn't have anything to watch for one night? OH THOSE DICKS.
prisness 26th-Jan-2010 04:33 pm (UTC)
this is pretty much why i deactivated my facebook.
jorajo 26th-Jan-2010 04:36 pm (UTC)
nappyxheadedxho 26th-Jan-2010 05:11 pm (UTC)
"If this happen to us would they all come together and donate to us... no.."

Yes, a country where 80% of the population lives in poverty is going to come together and help one of the largest and most powerful countries in the world.

brb, looking for my gun.
uptowntrend 26th-Jan-2010 05:26 pm (UTC)
-______________________________________- jesus christ save her soul.
malarkiness 26th-Jan-2010 05:55 pm (UTC)
Wow. That literally makes my stomach churn. What a bunch of assholes.
dotgasmic 26th-Jan-2010 07:10 pm (UTC)
wow. just... wow.
lime_vox 26th-Jan-2010 08:51 pm (UTC)
diaf bitch
loganx2 26th-Jan-2010 04:13 pm (UTC)
Yay American people..suck it Rush!!
ljok_0 26th-Jan-2010 04:16 pm (UTC)
that's amazing! it's crazy that there are still so many selfish people in the world though, i.e. what popped up on my newsfeed.

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hxcfairy 26th-Jan-2010 04:19 pm (UTC)
I hope none of those idiots breed.
bluemeadow13 26th-Jan-2010 04:20 pm (UTC)
the only country
boomstick 26th-Jan-2010 04:24 pm (UTC)
A friend of mine posted the same thing, and I replied with, "The *only* country? :\"

She was like "Okay maybe not the ONLY country but you can't deny we have problems blah blah blah"

I basically told her that just because people give to Haiti doesn't mean they don't give to local causes...in fact, if somebody is giving to Haiti chances are likely they are the kind of person who will help out wherever it is needed.

UGH idk. I gave to Haiti. All it meant was that I had to wait an extra week to buy Drag Me To Hell. OH THE HORRORS!
eponine84 26th-Jan-2010 04:27 pm (UTC)
People's lack of compassion is astounding...
mollayyy 26th-Jan-2010 04:31 pm (UTC)
Ask that bitch what she's doing to help out America's ~pressing~ problems. Probably nothing except venting on Facebook because she's sooo edgy.
jorajo 26th-Jan-2010 04:39 pm (UTC)
I'm actually really surprised that I saw none of this on my FB. I only saw one person say something like that and it was in comments to the White House posting how people could donate. It boggles the mind. We only get ahead when we help one another, not when we push each other down.
grammaire 26th-Jan-2010 04:54 pm (UTC)
Only in America.
courtneyfrances 26th-Jan-2010 04:55 pm (UTC)
wtaf? take care of yourself first and THEN help others, but only if they'll also help us?

have fun dying alone and hated, facebook people.
courtneyfrances 26th-Jan-2010 04:58 pm (UTC)
am also thrilled that absolutely no one on my feed posted anything remotely like this. most of them are attending benefits or posting that they donated.
ellaellaeheheh 26th-Jan-2010 05:02 pm (UTC)
the only country? lol. people need to realize, first, that every country has problems. and second that the US is the most important country in the world, of course people are expecting help. Just like they expect my country, Brasil, to help because we have trops there. and I don't even need to say that Brasil has a lot of social problems. but I donated anyway. people just like to be stupid and say they are protecting their country. I hope this is not your friend lol.

I'm just happy the majority don't think the way this people do.
clashandburn 26th-Jan-2010 05:08 pm (UTC)
Four people on my FL have posted this same crap status message. I started some wank on my own FB by posting this yesterday:

To everyone griping about aid to Haiti: Go piss up a rope. Your family isn't dead and your hospitals aren't rubble. Oh and by the way, which local American causes do YOU (yes you) donate your time/money/awareness to?
aleronihead 26th-Jan-2010 06:25 pm (UTC)
I saw this posted on my feed by an acquaintance that I only accepted because she's friendly with my mother. I want to delete her now but I want to do it discreetly lol
hxcfairy 26th-Jan-2010 04:18 pm (UTC)
That is fantastic! Lets just hope all of it actually ends up going to help people in Haiti and not just filling up someones bank account.
cigarettelover 26th-Jan-2010 04:21 pm (UTC)
That's amazing :)
andymoon 26th-Jan-2010 04:28 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad that Christina had the best performance of the night.

Everyone loves the song.
mollayyy 26th-Jan-2010 04:29 pm (UTC)
My brother says at his school they haven't even mentioned Haiti, except for his earth science teacher. All she said was "What do they expect when they live on a fault line?"

Good to know Americans are so sympathetic when thousands of people are dying. :(
jorajo 26th-Jan-2010 04:39 pm (UTC)
All she said was "What do they expect when they live on a fault line?"

itsnoelle 26th-Jan-2010 05:30 pm (UTC)
if it makes you feel better, all of my college professors have brought it up, and everyone is very sad about what is going on. id would get so angry if someone said that in my presence!
boomstick 26th-Jan-2010 05:58 pm (UTC)
That's as bad as people who said that the dead and dying in New Orleans and Mississippi "deserved it for living in swamplands".

Yes, I heard people say that in all seriousness more than once.

So much for helping our own.
mollayyy 26th-Jan-2010 07:39 pm (UTC)
robmmad16 26th-Jan-2010 04:29 pm (UTC)
It's amazing that money was raised and people were kind and generous enough to donate, but in comparison. The Netherlands and it's 17 million inhabitants raised 42 million euro's (about 59 million dollars), which was doubled by the dutch government to 83 million euro's (about 116 million dollars). And we didn't even have the cream of the crop in the world of entertainment performing and taking phonecalls. Seems like a lot of people still don't know the meaning of helping people in need...
boomstick 26th-Jan-2010 04:33 pm (UTC)
That's amazing.

Seems like a lot of people still don't know the meaning of helping people in need...

I am shocked and saddened by the amount of people on my Facebook feed who posted anti-charity sentiments. You really know who people are in times like this.

I'm just glad the number of people who donated completely trounced the number of people who were all "FUCK HAITI". But still...even one person posting shit like that is too much.
lisa_15103 27th-Jan-2010 07:48 pm (UTC)
Murdoch is Australian actually.
technomat 26th-Jan-2010 06:21 pm (UTC)
to be fair, the netherlands is a wealthy country and the average person watching a telethon there is probably more well off than the average person watching a telethon in the us
miss_mishi 26th-Jan-2010 04:30 pm (UTC)
I don't understand people. How can people ACTUALLY DISCOURAGE giving money to charity, trying to help the people dying in the streets. How is it possible that being able to watch the Jersey Shore is more important to people than another soul's life? JESUS FUCKING CHRIST I DO NOT GET IT.

That being said, yay for all the money raised :D
boomstick A friend of a friend posted this on FB for great justice:26th-Jan-2010 04:30 pm (UTC)
For those of you forwarding this "shame on you America" bullshit:

Never let it be said that I'm not kind enough to fire a warning shot. Someone on my friends list posted that absolute nonsense about how we all shouldn't be donating to Haiti because of poor conditions already existing in our First World Nation.

Consider this my stock response, then kindly remove yourselves from my life because I don't wish to associate with those who would condemn charity.

Read on:

Haiti is a third world country with nothing resembling a competant infrastructure. You know who is at fault for the conditions in that country? The United States and France.

When Haiti was struggling to get on their feet as a free republic after freeing themselves from slavery, France demanded reparations for their loss in income and property in the amount of 150 million gold francs. Their "loss of income and property" was due to the slaves rebelling and freeing themselves. Haiti would not be recognized as a sovereign nation by any other world power, including the United States, until they paid back the money that France lost. Years later, the US put Aristide into power there. Twice. He is largely at fault for the conditions found within that country today.

We have programs and such within our own country that have been put into place to help the needy, flawed as they are- they are still there. We have organizations in place to take care of the homeless, to feed hungry children, to give medication to the elderly, and to treat the mentally ill. Hundreds of organizations just in New Jersey alone. Do you donate significant time or money to these programs?

Haiti does not have these things at all. They have nothing within their country to help bail them out of situations like the two earthquakes that hit them this month, let alone programs to help feed their hungry and clothe their poor. Nothing. Before the earthquakes, poverty was so rampant in Haiti that people were eating dirt in an effort to get what little nutrients they could out of the soil.

Their entire country has just about been completely destroyed and people have the audacity to question and call shame on those who wish to help. You are calling shame on people who want to help others live. You are calling shame on those who want to alleviate the pain of those who have had their entire lives destroyed. You are calling shame on the practice of charity. Do you not see how fucked up that is?

Next time you see some bullshit forwarding post that serves no purpose other then to spread narrow sighted misinformation that has its roots in bigotry, do a little bit of research first. And if you, or anyone else who has forwarded this crap, is so incredibly concerned about the state of charity within your home country, then get off your ass and do something about it instead of pissing and moaning on Facebook.
mollayyy Re: A friend of a friend posted this on FB for great justice:26th-Jan-2010 04:32 pm (UTC)
eponine84 Re: A friend of a friend posted this on FB for great justice:26th-Jan-2010 04:34 pm (UTC)
Your friend of a friend is fabulously articulate and great at giving the verbal finger.
boomstick Re: A friend of a friend posted this on FB for great justice:26th-Jan-2010 04:36 pm (UTC)
I felt kind of like a creeper but I sent her a message saying how amazing she is after I read it.
thesealwife Re: A friend of a friend posted this on FB for great justice:26th-Jan-2010 04:35 pm (UTC)
annabolena Re: A friend of a friend posted this on FB for great justice:26th-Jan-2010 04:37 pm (UTC)
jorajo Re: A friend of a friend posted this on FB for great justice:26th-Jan-2010 04:40 pm (UTC)
This is excellent.

ETA: Countries like Rwanda and DRC are giving aid to Haiti. And people HERE are going to whine about how WE shouldn't give money to Haiti?

Edited at 2010-01-26 04:41 pm (UTC)
miss_mishi Re: A friend of a friend posted this on FB for great justice:26th-Jan-2010 04:42 pm (UTC)
The amount that I agree with this statement can not be put into words alone.

amani87 Re: A friend of a friend posted this on FB for great justice:26th-Jan-2010 05:03 pm (UTC)
this is baller and amazing. people are so stubbornly ignorant, and i love people who are not afraid to call them out on it.
farfalla_dolce Re: A friend of a friend posted this on FB for great justice:26th-Jan-2010 05:18 pm (UTC)
Can I borrow this? I have people that were posting that bulshit status.
iamshal Re: A friend of a friend posted this on FB for great justice:26th-Jan-2010 05:49 pm (UTC)
This shit deserves a standing ovation.
lr489 Re: A friend of a friend posted this on FB for great justice:26th-Jan-2010 05:57 pm (UTC)
awesam Re: A friend of a friend posted this on FB for great justice:26th-Jan-2010 06:01 pm (UTC)
I agree with this, except that your friend has got their facts on Aristide wrong. He was democratically elected by an overwhelming majority (~60% of the vote, with the remained percent divvied between 12 other candidates)-- the United States was pretty strongly against his election. He was ousted in a military coup, and the junta that followed is far more responsible for conditions in Haiti than Aristide is.

The US did put Aristide in power again, to finish his elected term after the junta was overthrown. He was democratically reelected in 2000, then again ousted in 2004. But the US never put him anyplace that the Haitian people hadn't already elected him to. Aristide was arguably the best leader Haiti has had in the past 200 years, particularly in terms of expanding and improving healthcare.

This is a great article on Aristide by Paul Farmer, the doctor-anthropologist who started Partners In Health.
chomper_go_rawr Re: A friend of a friend posted this on FB for great justice:26th-Jan-2010 09:06 pm (UTC)
la_geni 26th-Jan-2010 04:39 pm (UTC)
From all the crap people are posting from FB and stuff, it's clear to me evolution stopped a long time ago. Even less intelligent mammals help each other out. So much for calling us the most intelligent animal on Earth.
boomstick 26th-Jan-2010 04:41 pm (UTC)
annabolena 26th-Jan-2010 04:44 pm (UTC)
JFC i don't understand how these people exist
lil_haiti 26th-Jan-2010 04:52 pm (UTC)
if you're a heartless person who doesn't plan on giving anything to haiti...why would you want to brag about the fact that your heartless over a public forum like FB. people are so ignorant.
courtneyfrances 26th-Jan-2010 05:01 pm (UTC)
this makes me sad and happy at the same time.

"haiti is going to be rich soon..."
keep talking, rene.
ekrelly 26th-Jan-2010 05:07 pm (UTC)
what the fuck.
fuckmyass 26th-Jan-2010 05:38 pm (UTC)
courtneyfrances 26th-Jan-2010 05:04 pm (UTC)
these failbook comment threads are making me weep for humanity.
i just want to be there the minute one of these selfish bastards asks for a favor.
"can you help me move next saturday?"
"welp, you've never helped me move before soooooooooo..."
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