Garth Brooks in a promo for 'Garth Brooks, Live From Las Vegas' special. Photo Credit: CBS

Garth Brooks Christmas Special Tops Friday, Doubling Lady Gaga Ratings


Many years ago country music superstar Garth Brooks retired from the tour life. For the last 4 years, Brooks has been playing sold out shows in Las Vegas (Garth Brooks tickets.) On Friday night, Garth Brooks showed the world that he is far from out of the game as he drew a pretty impressive national TV audience for his Christmas Special.

Last night’s two-hour broadcast of Garth Brooks, Live From Las Vegas brought in 8.7 million viewers and a 1.8 rating among adults 18-49. This is double the viewers and adult demographic rating of the Lady Gaga holiday special, Lady Gaga & the Muppets Holiday Spectacular. Lady Gaga’s Thanksgiving Day special only pulled in 3.6 million viewers and a .9 rating among adults 18-49 in the same general timeframe.

The country music superstar undoubtedly stole the show in what was to be his swan song from his show on the Las Vegas strip. While he is leaving the stage, for now, that does not mean that he is leaving the spotlight for good.

For now, the road ahead for him and his wife, country music singer Trisha Yearwood, involves him heading back to his home in Oklahoma to be there for his youngest daughter’s senior year in high school. He told News 9 in Oklahoma a little more about what the future looks like for him and his family.

“Once that’s over, me and Ms. Yearwood’s kind of got our lives ahead of us, and we don’t know what we’ll do,” Brooks said. “But I hope music plays a huge, huge part in the future for me is pretty much all I can tell you for right now.”

Having the privilege of seeing him live during his farewell tour, I can certainly tell you that he knows how to put on one heck of a show from start to finish while keeping the audience on the edge of their seats the entire time; something a nationwide audience learned last night.

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  • D. Christie

    Nice picture…………Too bad he instead chose to come out in dirty jeans, work boots, and an old sweat shirt. I wouldn’t pay $5.00 to see his show. It’s too bad, really. Back in the day, he wasn’t a half bad artist.