TV's Beatles Tribute Returns for an Encore

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- The Grammys tribute honoring the 50th anniversary of the Beatles' first appearance in the U.S. will air in an encore showing tonight, Wednesday, at 8:30 p.m. EST on CBS (CBS).

The tribute special, "The Night That Changed America: A Grammy Salute to the Beatles," was recorded Monday, Jan. 27 -- the day after the televised Grammy Awards -- and first aired 8 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 9. The complete roster of entertainers featured the appearances by a reunited Eurythmics featuring Annie Lennox, John Mayer performing with Keith Urban, Alicia Keys in a piano and singing duet with John Legend, Imagine Dragons, Ed Sheeran, Maroon 5, The Beatles LOVE by Circque du Soleil, Brad Paisley performing with Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry, Joe Walsh, legendary pop genius Stevie Wonder, Dave Grohl, George Harrison's son Dhani Harrison and -- most significantly -- reunion performances of Beatles numbers by the surviving members of the band, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr.

Also appearing will be Sean Penn, Eric Idle, Johnny Depp and others. Members of the families of the original four Beatles, including Yoko Ono and Sean Lennon, were also present.

The Recording Academy's broadcast alternates live performances with short, taped biographies of the band members and a visit by McCartney and Starr to the original New York theater that housed the Ed Sullivan Show, now the stage for Late Night With David Letterman. Letterman himself leads a short tour of the theater and interviews the two Beatles.

Sunday's broadcast netted nearly 14 million viewers. The most-watched programs that night were the Winter Olympics coverage and The Walking Dead. The original 1964 Ed Sullivan Show broadcast captured the largest TV audience ever at 73 million viewers, a record that held for a few years as TV audiences and America's fascination with TV grew.

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