CBS will present an encore broadcast of “The Beatles: The Night That Changed America – A Grammy Salute” from 7:30 to 10 p.m. Wednesday, according to a news release.
Sunday’s primetime special averaged an impressive 13.95 million viewers, peaking at nearly 14.8 million during the final half hour, on an extremely competitive night that included the Olympics, the winter premiere of “The Walking Dead” and other popular Sunday night cable series.
As previously reported, the special aired Sunday exactly 50 years to the day, date and time of The Beatles’ historic 1964 U.S. debut on the “Ed Sullivan Show.” The Beatles’ first appearance on “The Ed Sullivan Show” is one of the most-watched television events ever, with 74 million people tuning in to watch the group perform five songs during the variety hour. It is considered by many historians and critics to be one of the most important moments in music and television.
Sunday’s 50th anniversary special featured remaining Beatles Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr performing together as well as today’s top artists covering songs performed by the Fab Four that momentous evening in 1964 and other Beatles classics through the years. The show also included footage from that landmark Sunday night, as well as other archival material. Plus, David Letterman interviewed Paul and Ringo for the special.
The all-star lineup featured performances and presentations by The Beatles LOVE by Cirque du Soleil, Kate Beckinsale, Jeff Bridges, Gary Clark, Jr., Johnny Depp, Dave Grohl, Eric Idle, Imagine Dragons, Alicia Keys and John Legend, Anna Kendrick, David Letterman, LL COOL J, Jeff Lynne, Maroon 5, John Mayer and Keith Urban, Katy Perry, Brad Paisley and Pharrell Williams, Sean Penn, Ed Sheeran, Joe Walsh, Stevie Wonder, and a one-night-only reunion of Eurythmics’ Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart.
The house band for the event included notable musicians Kenny Aronoff (drums), Lenny Castro (percussion), Chris Caswell (keyboard), Peter Frampton (guitar), Rami Jaffe (organ), Steve Lukather (guitar), Greg Phillinganes (keyboard) and Don Was (bass), who also served as musical director.