NEW YORK – Last weekend's "Country Freedom Concert," featuring country stars Tim McGraw, Trisha Yearwood, Brooks & Dunn and others, raised $5.1 million to help victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
That figure includes ticket sales, viewer pledges and other donations, according to the CMT cable network, which broadcast the concert live on Sunday. The money will go to the Salvation Army Disaster Relief Fund.
About 6 million viewers tuned into the concert and its rebroadcast after the show. The concert scored a 2.13 rating, the highest ever for CMT.
Final figures aren't expected until next week on how much was raised by the "Concert for New York" at Madison Square Garden and the "United We Stand" event in Washington, both held the same weekend.
Organizers for the New York concert have said it raised at least $14 million in ticket sales; the concert was televised live and call-in pledges were taken. The event also featured an eBay auction of rock 'n' roll memorabilia, and a CD and DVD will be sold.
Organizers for the Washington concert have said it raised about $3 million in ticket sales. The concert is to air Nov. 1 on ABC, and call-in pledges will be taken.