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Michael Jackson Memorial Service Ratings: 31 Million!

Michael Jackson Memorial Service Ratings: 31 Million!

Tuesday’s Michael Jackson Memorial Service garnered an impressive 31.1 million viewers, but fell behind the 2004 burial of Ronald Reagan (35.1 million) and the 1997 funeral of Princess Diana (33.3 million).

If you missed Brooke Shields’ speech from the service, check it out below. It’s funny and heart-warming!

Brooke told the crowd that when Michael started wearing his white glove, she teased him, saying, “What’s up with the glove dude?”


Brooke Shields – Michael Jackson Memorial Service, 7/7
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  • Shiolo

    Will the ratings make Michael rise from the dead. Only in America you like quantifying things…it is not the quantity , it is the quality- useless post!

  • Sally

    She is great and absolutely gorgeous. I admire Brooke a lot and she is one of the women like Halle Berry, Demi Moore and Jennifer Aniston that we really can say that they are like wine: better and better with age. Stunning Brooke!

  • whatevs

    i call bull on that number. add a 1 in front of the 31.5 and i’ll beleive it. what about all the people who watched it online live? or in the stadium worldwide? or in those poorer countries where the village have 1 tv? the world watched the memorial. check facebook status updates…

  • http://WWW.DLISTED.COM ddd

    Only in America.

  • http://dlisted.com lakers fan in boston

    boring
    i thought it was just a big exploitation, didnt even bother watching a few mins of it

  • black beauty

    those numbers are wrong. i know it was much more

  • whatevs

    as if american idol had more viewers than mj’s death. they just can’t admit that the numbers where so high to watch a black entertainer’s memorial.

  • brina

    millions of people were watching live ONLINE and in theaters and on scrrens in the streets so i know that number is more but either way it’s alot of people

  • LuckyL

    Shiolo @ 07/08/2009 at 5:02 pm

    Will the ratings make Michael rise from the dead. Only in America you like quantifying things…it is not the quantity , it is the quality- useless post!
    _____
    Exactly, wtf, and so true brina, I was one of them watching online. It was about 6,000 people making a comment per min. according to CNN.

  • jaye

    I’ll just be glad to change a channel and not have to hear any more about Michael Jackson. He was a man, a great entertainer yes, but still just a man. People act like he was the 2nd coming of Christ. I’d have thought Mankind would have learned enough by idolizing other men. Bury him where the crazies can’t find the body and have done with it.

  • R.I.P King Of Pop!

    R.I.P Michael Jackson!

    You didn’t deserve the disrespect and the hate you got from the world, effin Media!Its all the medias fault, Who milks everybody for ratings/readers.
    They should be ashamed of them selfs.
    And those 2 lying boys, Oh dont get me started!
    You were a great man and a great artist.

    You will always be loved, respected and missed!

  • kate

    She never said the word ‘dude’. Pay attention JJ.

  • KiraK

    Old man and child beater Jackson and his sidekick troublemaker, Sharpton, said billions would be watching…what happened guys? We have no kings or queens in America and that includes our Presidents, First Ladies, Elvis, Michael Jackson, and all others. All flesh and blood just like the rest of us using their best talent to make a living. It’s important to separate the talent from the struggling and narcissistic egos.

  • Shannon

    I’m sorry but Brooke hadn’t spoken or seen Jackson in 18 yrs and looking at that video again her eyes were not welled up with tears even though her body language was trying to say something different. The only person who seemed to actually humanize Michael was Magic Johnson and Barry Gordy. The rest not so much

  • max

    -gotta agree with #14( about Brooke Sheilds). Although I enjoyed MJ’s music, I saw the memorial in part, as a cleansing of his reputation so his legacy can move forward and make money. His real friends were not there, the ones who were with him over the last decade + of his life,both stars and regular folk.

  • http://www.Thecrazycanine.com namers

    i thought she looke out of place, out of time…

  • Mannnn

    She NEVER said the word DUDE
    Watch the video yourself jared…..Does she say it?

  • me

    I though Brook was great, she is a true beauty, no nose Job like Angelina, and Halle Berry, she’s been beautiful since she was on the Baby Ivory detergent commercials when she was a babe. She was the perfect person to be there because she was always Michael’s date when he needed one, that was so priceless.

  • meg

    I never remembered Brooke saying the word ” dude ” either.
    And I agree with the rest of you that the numbers are alot higher than what they mentioned. No-one wants Diana beat. Especially Michael Jackson. The only guest I loved was Barry Gordy, and little Paris. I though Mariah’s dress was a little low cut for that service.
    She should have worn something a little more appropriate.
    Joe Jackson makes me sick just to look at him. And I hope Debbie Rowe stays away from the Jackson family. So far, she seems decent, always taking up for Michael in the past, so let’s see if she keeps true to her word, or if she becomes another gold-digger in Michaels life, taking money from the childrens future, like the a–hole accuser’s who ruined his life to begin.
    Those parents who made their kids lie,( and coached them ) have to live with themselves now. Well, their past will catch up with them. They better hope it catches up here on earth ( hell )and they have to deal with whatever is dealt them , because the after-life is not so nice, I heard. How those disgusting creatures sleep at night now, is beyond me. May you accusers who lied, and you know you did, rot !!

  • meg

    I never remembered Brooke saying the word ” dude ” either.
    And I agree with the rest of you that the numbers are alot higher than what they mentioned. No-one wants Diana beat. Especially Michael Jackson. The only guest I loved was Barry Gordy, and little Paris. I though Mariah’s dress was a little low cut for that service.
    She should have worn something a little more appropriate.
    Joe Jackson makes me sick just to look at him. And I hope Debbie Rowe stays away from the Jackson family. So far, she seems decent, always taking up for Michael in the past, so let’s see if she keeps true to her word, or if she becomes another gold-digger in Michaels life, taking money from the childrens future, like the a–hole accuser’s who ruined his life to begin.
    Those parents who made their kids lie,( and coached them ) have to live with themselves now. Well, their past will catch up with them. They better hope it catches up here on earth ( hell )and they have to deal with whatever is dealt them , because the after-life is not so nice, I heard. How those disgusting creatures sleep at night now, is beyond me. May you accusers who lied, and you know you did, rot !!

  • meg

    sorry for the double post guys. I only pressed ” submit ” once!

  • Jen

    I saw the whole thing and was crying during all of it. I know she didn’t talk to Michael for quite some time but she seemed quite honest in how she felt. I don’t personally like Al Sharpton but his speech was impressive. and for those who said this memorial was boring, like that the he/ll? I didn’t know memorials were supposed to be fun especially when your remembering someone who passed away, even though you might want to celebrate his life its hard not to feel sad. I thought it was an appropriate memorial. My favorite part was Magic Johnson. I also believe there were much more viewers than that Jared.

  • Tom

    Not sure why anyone in the world would want to watch this tasteless crap. The guy was a child molester, face mutilating drug addict. He should have been in jail anyway. No one seems to concerned about what a horrible person he was. Besides he has not put out good music in over 20 years.

  • LuckyL

    ^Thinks of Elvis, except exchange “face [mutilator]” with “uncontrollable eater”

    Now do you see how hypocritical you are? Stop trying to reduce people to lies.

  • LuckyL

    or over-simplified statements

  • Tom

    Brooke is so beautiful.

  • oy vey!

    was brooke even in MJ’s life since their childhood? NO. what’s she looking to do now? RIP Dear Michael.

  • Pining for Chris

    @Tom:
    Proof please (regarding child molestation), otherwise keep your ignorant comments to yourself.

  • Martine E

    I love MJ forever. Rest in Peace My King.

    This count is incorrect–that I know for certain I watch the whole service online and so did many of my friends because many of them were at work. The streets of New York City was flooded with people watching, churches were flooded, groups got together, communities got together watching it all on one screen. I don’t know but these numbers are inaccurate.

    I love you, Michael. Rest in Peace My King.

  • slambang

    I thought Brooke’s tribute was lovely.

  • thefinalcount

    @Shannon:
    You dont know Michaels relationships with folks. The family invited her and everyone elsa to speak. Stop judging when you dont know the facts.

  • thefinalcount

    @Sally: Take Aniston out of it. No one cares for her except other rejected females.

  • marainsconset

    That was a wonderful eulogy and truly emotional. I remember vividly those times with her and Michael. I can tell Brooke wrote it from her heart and expressed it with deep sorrow. Brooke like Olivia Hussey from Romeo and Juliet is timeless beauty and brains too. (she went to Princeton). Rest in peace Michael. God is with you now. Thank you for your music that will stay in our hearts forever until the end of time. May God comfort your children. I’m sure you will be looking down upon them, watching over them.

  • youallneedjesus

    I thought Brooke’s words made him seem human and gave a small glimpse into their “normal” world. It doesn’t matter if they haven’t spoken in years, there was no bad feelings between them. Once a friend, always a friend.

  • anon

    Well his doctor just said on Larry King that Michael actually did have vitiligo. That added by the fact he had lupus, Who care’s how many people saw this?

  • anon

    The doctor also said that he hd major plastic surgery but it wasn’t done by this doctor. This doctor said that he would have to repair all the damage the other previous doctors did.

    Very interesting. It’s Larry King Live on now on the East Coast

  • fan

    Brooke is the trurth…..

  • bARBARA

    @Tom: How about read and get yourself some information before make silly statements like that? (…) Pop star Michael Jackson has been found not guilty of all charges at the end of his four-month-long child abuse trial (…) Go Google, ignorant.

  • right&wrong

    @meg:
    What are you talking about more appropriate?????? She is gorgeous and has a lot of class. Are you blind????

  • ace

    i believe if the ratings counted the many other millions of viewers from outside the us. MJ memorial will be the most watch event ever in the world.

  • camillus

    HE SUCKS AND HE’S DEAD. DRUG ADDICT, HAS BEEN, PEDOPHILE AND FREAK.

  • Whoever

    I think it was probably much higher. I know a lot of people had watch parties and what not. I know some theaters had it as well

  • cosi

    these viewership numbers, well, was that TV only? tons of people watched it on the net – did that get counted?

  • jay

    @R.I.P King Of Pop!:

    you don’t know if they were lying! tey were kids and u are one crazy fan!!

    anyway, I love brooke, I didn’t know they were frinds, definetly an odd pairing!! I googled images of them, she’s more manly than he is!! it’s like two girls lol..anyway, her speech was touching and definetly humanized him..rip michael

    i hope the news of his death fades..can’t satnd reading about it anymore..he’s dead, it’s over..on to more exciting news please jared!

  • jay

    @thefinalcount:

    well she is the one who sells the most magazine and has more fans! speek for yourself! lots of people love her

  • Lalique

    Brooke Shields is a beautiful woman, and her eulogy was heartfelt, natural, and moving.

  • art

    BROOKE REALLY MOVED ME

  • Myriam

    i LIVE IN FRANCE AND I KNOW LOT OF PEOPLE WATCHED MICHEAL MEMORIAL IN MY COUNTRY !
    IN FRANCE NOBODY WATCHED REAGAN MEMORIAL BECAUSE NO ONE CARES ABOUT REAGAN .
    PLEASE SAY THE TRUTH AND COUNT THE VIEWERS ALL ACROSS THE WORLD !
    MJ WAS AND ALWAYS WILL BE THE GREATEST !

  • andy

    ….by the way, did they bleached his sperm also?

  • http://justjared huh?

    Did people watch Princess Diana’s funeral gathered in stadiums ?
    Did they watch it live on the internet ?
    Did people outside of the US watch Reagan’s funeral?
    Come on to say that the other two funerals had bigger audience is ridiculous.

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