Garth Brooks has been playing to sold-out crowds for last four years in Las Vegas. On Friday, the country legend proved he can still draw an impressive national TV audience too.
CBS’ two-hour telecast of Garth Brooks, Live From Las Vegas delivered 8.7 million viewers and a 1.8 rating among adults 18-49. That’s double the viewers and adult demo rating of a certain other music artist’s prime-time special this week — Lady Gaga’s romp with the Muppets, which aired on Thursday. Brooks easily had the highest-rated and most-watched show among the broadcasters last night. Competition was soft, to be sure, but for a music special on a Friday night during a holiday weekend this is a good number.
The concert marked Brooks’ final show of his one-man residency on The Strip. The country artist previously retired from performing in 2001 to spend more time with his family.