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Music PopWrapped | Music

Adele Smashes Television Records With Her NBC Special

Mike Nied | PopWrapped Author

Mike Nied

12/17/2015 10:03 am
PopWrapped | Music
Adele Smashes Television Records With Her NBC Special | Adele
Media Courtesy of ew.com

Looks like Adele has (unsurprisingly) broken yet another record!  This time the "Rolling In The Deep" siren is extending her reach towards television, as her NBC special Adele Live In New York City is officially the highest-rated concert special in the last ten years.  

Adele Live In New York City aired last evening (December 14).  The one hour special attracted an audience of 11.2 million viewers and amassed a 3.0 rating amongst adults aged 18-49.  NBC's televised Eagles Farewell Tour, which aired on June 1, 2005, was the last concert to receive such a strong rating.

The special was also the most viewed musical broadcast since 2014's Beatles Grammy Salute, which aired on CBS.  The concert was the most popular musical special excluding awards shows on NBC since the 2003 running of Cher: Farewell Tour.  

True to form Adele's NBC special was a stripped back but spectacular event.  After an introduction from Jimmy Fallon (in which he referred to the musician as "a once in a generation artist") Adele took the stage to perform some of her defining tracks with the support of a full band.

Adele revisited some of her classic hits including "Rolling In The Deep," featuring them alongside tracks from her record shattering 25.  The UK songstress opened the show with a performance of her current single "Hello," which you're probably more than a little familiar with.  It has been topping the charts for the past seven weeks now after all.  

Other performances included the album's official second single "When We Were Young."  Throughout the set Adele provided some interaction with her fans, sharing insight into her life and her experiences on the stage.  The most heartwarming moment came before "Someone Like You," when Adele asked her fans to sing along before giving a shoutout to her man in the audience.

This newest record breaking event comes as 25 is moving into it's third consecutive week atop the Billboard charts.  In its second week on the charts the album broke yet another record for selling 1 million plus albums in the US two weeks in a row.  Looks like our "Rumor Has It" siren is sitting pretty atop the charts for the weeks to come.

Did you tune into NBC for the showing last night?  If so let us know your favorite moments below!  If you missed out you can catch the footage HERE!


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