Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Featuring Diana Ross Sees Ratings Boost

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The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is celebrating an uptick in ratings.

The 92nd annual event that aired on NBC Thursday rose 1.6 percent in viewership from 2017, while earning a 12.8 rating and 28 share in households across 56 metered-markets.

This marks the “best any show or special has performed in the early metrics on the Big 4 since the Academy Awards in March,” according to Deadline.

Hosted by Today‘s Savannah Guthrie, Hoda Kotb and Al Roker, the parade featured performances by Diana Ross, John Legend, and Rita Ora, to name a few.

Ross performed a rendition of Wonderful Christmastime while riding the Hallmark Channel’s Heartwarming Holiday Countdown float. The music legend’s family joined her on the float, including her children Rhonda Kendrick, 47, Chudney Ross, 43, Tracee Ellis Ross, 46, Evan Ross, 30, and Ross Naess, 31.

“IT WAS COLD BUT WE HAD A BALL // FAMILY TIME,” Tracee captioned an Instagram video from the event.

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IT WAS COLD BUT WE HAD A BALL // FAMILY TIME #macysthanksgivingdayparade (more fun in my macy’s parade highlight )

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Legend also took to Twitter to defend himself and Ora against people who questioned their lipsyncing,  writing: “Fun fact. We all have to lip sync on this parade because the floats don’t have the capacity to handle the sound requirements for a live performance.”

He added: “Hope y’all enjoyed it anyway. Know that if you come to my shows, the vocals are 100% live!”

The singer will repeat his Thanksgiving day performance during A Legendary Christmas with John and Chrissy on Wednesday, Nov. 28 on NBC at 10 p.m. ET.

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