New York, NY - August 27, 2009 - On Sunday, Aug. 23, 2009, from 9 to 11 p.m. (ET), viewers from around the world tuned in to the 2009 Miss Universe competition, including 6.0 million in the U.S. for NBC's coverage, making it No. 1 in total viewers among the broadcast networks in the time period.
(Image of Miss Universe 2009 Courtesy of Farouk Systems - All Rights Reserved).
The show topped all NBC non-sports programming in this time period in total viewers and among audiences ages 18 to 49 since the May 10, 2009 finale of "Celebrity Apprentice," also an NBC/Donald Trump program.
The number of viewers grew dramatically between the first half-hour of the show to the fourth, increasing in rating by 73 percent among audiences ages 18 to 49 (from a 1.5/4 to a 2.6/7).
The pageant's total viewers increased by 49 percent, or by over 2.3 million viewers, from 4.8 million to 7.1 million viewers by the show's final half-hour.
The second hour of the pageant ranked No. 1 among the broadcast networks in all key ratings categories - adults, men and women ages 18 to 34, 18 to 49 and 25 to 54 - as well as total viewers.
During this climactic hour, the Miss Universe competition's viewership beat the combined ABC and CBS ratings in adults, men and women ages 18 to 34 and 18 to 49.
In addition to the pageant itself, the Miss Universe website has drawn an incredible amount of worldwide attention.
With almost 5 million visitors and 43 million page views in August 2009 alone, www.missuniverse.com is one of the most trafficked websites on the Internet.
The site's visitors included Miss Universe fans from over 225 countries and territories throughout the globe.
Throughout the two-hour event, contestants from over 80 countries and territories around the world competed in three categories: swimsuit, evening gown and personality interview.
A star-studded panel of judges chose Miss Venezuela, Stefania Fernandez, as MISS UNIVERSE® 2009 live from Atlantis, Paradise Island, Bahamas.
Today, just four days after being crowned Miss Universe, Stefania Fernandez embarked on her week-long media tour visiting top international media outlets from around the world.
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