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'Eddie Murphy: One Night Only' Draws Spike TV's Highest-Rated And Most-Watched Special Event Ever!

by Tambay A. Obenson
November 15, 2012 7:55 PM
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Eddie Murphy: One Night Only

Not a surprise that it was a huge draw...  I know many were eagerly anticipating it. But I didn't expect it would be record-breaking.

Details from the Spike TV press release below:


New York, NY - November 15, 2012 - Spike TV's premiere of "Eddie Murphy: One Night Only" on November 14 (10:00pm-12:00am ET/PT) was the highest-rated and most-watched special event in channel history. The first-ever televised tribute to the comedic legend delivered 1.9 million viewers, 1.5 household rating and ranked #3 in all of cable television with Men 18-49 in its timeslot.

"Eddie Murphy is a modern icon and one of the greatest comedic storytellers of all time from stand-up, to sketch, to feature films, to animation," said Casey Patterson, Executive Vice President, Event Production, Talent Development & Studio Relations - Viacom Entertainment Group. "He's the king of it all and we're thrilled his fans turned out in such a big and meaningful way for this incredible show."

The star-studded event featured appearances by includes Chris Rock, Jamie Foxx, Adam Sandler, Tyler Perry, Keenen Ivory Wayans, Russell Brand, Samuel L. Jackson, Tracy Morgan, Brett Ratner, and Jeffrey Katzenberg. The night was punctuated with an unforgettable impromptu on-stage duet featuring Eddie and Stevie Wonder.

"'Eddie Murphy: One Night Only' marks Spike TV's first foray into new broader specials for the network," added Patterson.

The special event was also a hit on the social media front as #Eddieonspike was the #2 trending topic worldwide on Twitter and "Eddie Murphy: One Night Only" took the #4 spot among cable networks in mentions for the day. Also of note, a re-air of the show drew 1 million viewers from 12:00-2:00am ET/PT.

Don Mischer, Patterson, Charlie Haykel, and Vernon Lynch served as Executive Producers for "Eddie Murphy: One Night Only" with Juliane Hare as Producer.

"Eddie Murphy: One Night Only" paid homage to Murphy's journey from a 15-year-old aspiring comedian, to the record-breaking "Raw," which remains the highest grossing stand-up film of all time, to his indelible characters and impressions from "Saturday Night Live" including Buckwheat, Gumby, Mr. Robinson and James Brown. The special marked 30 years since the release of the groundbreaking stand-up concert film "Delirious," and the classic film "48 Hrs.," which featured the breakout performances that made him one of the biggest superstars in the world.

Spike TV is available in 99.8 million homes and is a division of Viacom Media Networks. A unit of Viacom (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB), Viacom Media Networks is one of the world's leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms. Spike TV's Internet address is

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  • kirk | November 17, 2012 12:41 PMReply

    Can't we all just....just...get along.

  • Charles Judson | November 16, 2012 1:03 PMReply

    This is something for Spike to be excited about, while still being a bit of spin. Spike is competing with ESPN that has a vice grip like lock on men 18-49. Spike is still chasing ESPN, USA, TBS, CNN and even Fox News, as well as another 10 to 15 other cable nets in 18-49 overall. But, men are their primary target so #3 in that for them is still a strong showing. Spike's not known as a ratings juggernaut, it is a decent performer with some of its offerings, so it IS a surprise when they have something that pops like this and is a score for their core target. Why else do you think they have the video game awards (average age of a console gamer is 30)?

  • troy | November 20, 2012 4:19 AM

    is reaching critical mass not the goal of anyone who creates commercial products?

  • Blackman | November 15, 2012 11:53 PMReply

    Who ever wrote the first 2 lines WAS NOT BORN IN AMERICA. Because their is NO WAY you could fix your african fingers to write what you wrote.

    I get a Jealous African vibe from this blog.

    lol. I see your tribal socializations follow you where ever you go.

  • Troy | November 20, 2012 4:17 AM

    Ha, Artbizzy attacks a short, seemingly convoluted message with extended stereotypes and an even more convoluted message that must offend you for they were never referenced. Then went on to insult Frantz Fanon and Marcus Garvey as if they two weren't sincere enough for you. Look how long your message was.

  • Hmmm | November 17, 2012 1:27 PM

    Well how about we throw the "White Man's Burden" in there?

  • artbizzy | November 17, 2012 8:54 AM

    LOL, Blackman, YOU are deep! So let me guess: Tambay didn't respond to your email proposal about your new web "Black Consciousness" talk show hosted by you. Let it go man! There's always soap boxes, oversized ankhs and megaphones waiting for you in Times Square and many other outlets for you to get your positive messages across about how it's really the African Man, (especially ones who run popular black indy film blogs) who is keeping us in chains. Thanks Bruh! Your positivity makes me want to dust off my copies of "The Autobiography of Malcolm X" and pore over Marcus Garvey's "Back To Africa" speeches and put red lines through the places where both of these men were completely delusional about the Motherland. Or better yet, let me find my copy of Frantz Fanon's "Black Skin, White Masks" and think about the level of consciouness you just dropped here, son.

  • Blackman | November 16, 2012 10:03 PM

    No need for Me to fall into the unconsciousness of this board. I call it as I see it.

    This writer is not very knowledgeable about Black American Tings. Lacks serious depth. And really not up on African things, other than African men.

  • artbizzy | November 16, 2012 1:02 PM

    Seems like Blackman has regressed to the plantation and set the movement back. Blackman = Willie Lynch

  • hmmm | November 16, 2012 12:22 PM

    He could have worded it MUCH better but BMan is on to something....

  • Nadine | November 16, 2012 10:17 AM

    Sorry about my statement, but BMAN... that wasn't cool on a number of levels.

  • Nadine | November 16, 2012 10:03 AM

    Jealous Africans? Tribal... "BLACKMAN"? Lost.

  • Xi | November 16, 2012 1:02 AM

    Whaaaa??? And now we know that you stopped watching Eddie Murphy's movies in the 80s...cause you real hype...for no reason.

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