January 26th, 2010
12:54 PM ET

'Hope for Haiti Now' had 83 million viewers

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The "Hope for Haiti Now" telethon had more than 83 million people glued to TVs on Friday, as more than 100 celebrities banded together to raise money for Haitian relief.

The global telethon aired commercial free on more than 25 networks and was also streamed live online, making it the most widely distributed telethon in history. So far, "Hope for Haiti Now" has raised an estimated $61 million in donations from around the world.

On Sunday, "Hope for Haiti" set a new record for donations contributed by the general public during a disaster relief telethon when it hit $57 million, and the “Hope for Haiti Now” album on iTunes had the biggest one-day pre-sale order in the history of iTunes.

If you somehow missed the telethon – perhaps you were watching one of the few networks that didn't air it – and you still want to give, head to hopeforhaitinow.org to donate.

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  1. StevenE

    The Dutch raised 83 million in total during a telethon with a population of 16 million people.

    January 28, 2010 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Brenda Ellis

    The Bible says to lift one another up; don't tear one another down. If you can't say something positive, don't say anything. Tell your sad stories to your friends.

    January 27, 2010 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
  3. The best critic

    I agree with your cynicism, Debbie. Somehow a bunch of stars coming together over all the networks for a cause doesn't unite my spirit with all the trees in Pandora. Ok, speaking of Avatar, did you notice how much money people donated to that cause? I gave money to that 2 hour show for the cause of New Age religiousity. So maybe the Avatar bankrollers can donate some of that $1.8billion to the indigenous people of Haiti, who happen to be struggling because the planet was causing chaos to the people instead of the other way around.

    The reality is Haiti was a disaster before the earthquake happened. Hopefully that disaster will see relief because of the earthquake.

    Anyways, on the lighter side I expect that there has been a lot of money donated before the benefit thing last friday night. So I'm sure $57million more helps regardless of their decision-making. Many volunteers have gone down there on their own funds to help out. I think pretty soon we'll own that country.

    January 27, 2010 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Kyle

    Debbie, what was the last thing you saw that you DID like? Personally, I appreciate when people do ANYTHING to help those in need. I didn't realize that in order for people to help they had to do it a specific way. If that's the case, then why aren't you on a plane to Haiti right now yourself?

    I have a feeling that other than the 4 minutes of face time they all got that night, they probably dipped into their own bank accounts and donated, as well. Thanks to their efforts they added $60 million on top of it. I appreciate their efforts and thank them all for giving a damn. You comment on how CNN shouldn't be negative toward those who are helping...then you turn right around and criticize others. Don't add to the problem. Become part of the solution...PLEASE!

    January 27, 2010 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Debbie

    83 million viewers and only 60 million dollars? I think they could have just given their time and money directly to the cause. I am tired of the grandstanding personally. I'm curious to know, If all the stations that carried the show would have had regular programing and donated all the money, what the total would be? If the stars would have all got on a plane and went over and really did something to help, ( since they have so much time on their hands) How many more lives would have been saved. Couldn't they all just donate without having their faces all over every station. Oh but then they wouldn't get the publicity. It trully makes me sick. They make so much money for playing dress up, I don't know how they sleep at night. How about the Doctior, Nurses and relief workers, that have to cut off a childs leg with a hacksaw? How much are they making? I also think most people watched the show just to see the stars. Teh next day all I heard was how wonderful BlaBla was. When I asked did you donate most said no. It had nothing to do with haiti. But Brad and Jen we in the same room! That made the news.
    The people who give do so because they know it's right. Not because someone gets up and sings and shows horrible pictures.
    They always want to make it about them,It's not about them.
    Also I would like to comment on cnn's coverage. I am really tired of everyone reporting of what we do wrong. Do you have any idea how that makes the people feel who are over there doing there best to help. If the government of Haite wasn't robbing their people to begin with they could have helped their own people, until the world could get to them. I'd like to know how much was paid to the government to just let us in. Don't say nothing, we all know third world countrys don't do anything unless they get paid. No wonder the world hates us!!!!!!

    January 27, 2010 at 9:52 am | Report abuse |
  6. Gnome Chomsky

    maybe we could all band together to teach people the correct spelling of band

    January 26, 2010 at 10:46 pm | Report abuse |
  7. R Owen

    hahahahahah Paul Revere! Sad, but true....

    January 26, 2010 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Paul Revere

    Maybe next we can ban together to hold a "Hope for a post-Obama America" telethon to raise money to pay for all the debt he's racking up.

    January 26, 2010 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
  9. C.N.S

    I'm glad that we as a country and really as a world can all bann together in a time of need. I think that it's amazing what we can do when we forget our differnace's and come together for one purpose. But as a country, where is this support when WE need it? As Americans, we are depicted as the world's hero. So what happens when we need someone to help us? Just a thought.

    January 26, 2010 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |

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