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PBS' A CAPITOL FOURTH Averages 6.3 Million Viewers

July 5
5:31 2012
PBS' A CAPITOL FOURTH Averages 6.3 Million Viewers

PBS announced today that A CAPITOL FOURTH dazzled audiences for a 32nd year. The star-studded celebration took the top spot of the night and averaged 6.3 million viewers (Nielsen Fast National data, 3.8 household rating).

"As the nation's birthday celebration, PBS is honored to present A CAPITOL FOURTH each year from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol," said PBS senior vice president & chief TV programming executive John F. Wilson. "From Broadway performers to Olympic athletes, some of today's brightest stars joined with viewers across the country in a stellar tribute to a beloved holiday."

"Dancing with the Stars" host Tom Bergeron led the nation's 236th birthday celebration, live from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol. Some of America's newly minted favorite performers and household names came together for a night of music and the country's most spectacular display of fireworks. In honor of the London Games, a group of American Olympians joined eight-time medalist Apolo Anton Ohno for a heartfelt sendoff.

"It was a joy to bring together athletes from across the nation before they journey to the London Olympics," said executive producer Jerry Colbert. "The Capitol is a spectacular place to celebrate their current and future achievements, made all the brighter by the dazzling performances and fireworks."

Featured performers included "American Idol" winner Phillip Phillips, Matthew Broderick and Kelli O'Hara, "Smash" star Megan Hilty, "The Voice" winner Javier Colon, country star Josh Turner, Kool & the Gang, English tenor Russell Watson, composer John Williams and the National Symphony Orchestra under conductor Jack Everly.

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