There were several winners during the epic 12-12-12 concert at Madison Square Garden. First and foremost, through the established Robin Hood Foundation, the concert drew an estimated 36 million dollars for Sandy relief, and that’s before one note of the 5 1/2 hour concert began.
Viewers and listeners were also winners, sitting back to the sounds of Bruce, Daltrey, Billy, Mick, and Sir Paul.
But in New York, there was one other winner of Wednesday’s showcase, WLNY/TV 10 55. The independent station owned by WCBS was one of nearly 40 broadcast and cable outlets simulcasting the event.
WLNY was the most-watched channel or network covering the concert in New York.
WLNY had an average of 263,000 viewers from 7:30 p.m. to 1:15 a.m. HBO ranked second with 247,000, while WPXN was fourth with 236,000 fans and WNET had 189,000 people tuned in.
WLNY saw its peak audience with 399,000 viewers at 9:15 p.m.
Overall, the concert attracted an estimated 1.68 million viewers in the New York market.