Michael Jackson's death has resulted in a TV event when networks are racing against each other to air a tribute to the late King of Pop. Within hours after the singer was pronounced dead on Thursday, June 25, NBC and CBS gathered up documentary about his life but it was CNN's coverage that led the Thursday night rating.
The news channel drew up to 3.9 million viewers despite fierce competition from Fox News (2.9 million) and MSNBC (1.4 million). According to TV by the Numbers, the numbers show a boost on average performance by the networks with CNN in particular gaining 381% raise from its second quarter average.
However, more similar footage about Michael are expected to run for weeks. Below is the run-down of tributes airing on several networks in the days to come. Some may be mashed with tributes for Farrah Fawcett who also passed away on the same day Michael did.
Saturday, June 27
10.30 A.M. - "Michael and Farrah: Lost Icons" - E!
11.00 A.M. - "True Hollywood Story: Michael Jackson" - E! (repeat on Sunday at 12 noon)
10.00 P.M. - "Bio Remembers: Michael Jackson" - BIO Channel
12.00 P.M. - "The Jacksons: An American Dream" - TV One (repeat at 7 P.M. and at the same time Sunday)
7.00 P.M. - "Forever The King: A Tribute to Michael Jackson" - BET
8.00 P.M. - "Michael Jackson: Man in the Mirror" - CNN (repeat at 11 P.M. and at the same time Sunday)
9.00 P.M. - "On the Record with Greta Van Susteren" - Fox News Channel
Sunday, June 28
1.00 P.M. - "Michael Jackson: His Musical Legacy" - TV Guide Channel (repeats at 3, 6 and 9 P.M.)
2.00 P.M. - "The Jacksons: An American Dream" - TV Land (repeat at 7 P.M.)
7.00 P.M. - "The Life & Times of Michael Jackson" - TV Guide Channel
8.00 P.M. - "BET Awards" with special tribute to Michael Jackson - BET
Monday, June 29
8.00 P.M. - "American Idol", re-airing of Michael Jackson week - FOX
Wednesday, July 1
10.00 P.M. - "Michael Jackson" the documentary - E!