Ariana Grande’s star-studded One Love Manchester tribute concert reportedly averaged 10.9 million viewers on BBC One alone, peaking at just under 15 million, according to a report in the Independent.
However, the number of people who heard and saw the concert was likely much higher due to the fact that it was also broadcast over commercial radio stations and was seen in more than 50 countries around the world in addition to Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube streams.
Held as a fundraiser for the victims of the Manchester suicide bomber last month, more than £2 million was donated to the British Red Cross’s We Love Manchester Emergency Fund. So far, the total amount raised has been more than £10 million. Twenty-two people were killed and dozens more were wounded in the terrorist attack, which was claimed by ISIS as an act by one of its “soldiers”.
Sold out in 20 minutes, Coldplay, Liam Gallagher, Justin Bieber, Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, Black Eyed Peas, and Mac Miller all performed at the event which took place at Manchester’s 50,000 capacity Emirates Old Trafford cricket ground.
Prior to the concert, Grande, 23, visited victims who were still recovering in hospital. She reportedly told them, ”I’m so proud of you. You are so strong. You are doing really well.”
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