By James Hibberd
Updated November 30, 2013 at 06:46 PM EST
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Garth Brooks has been playing to sold-out crowds for last four years in Las Vegas. On Friday, the country legend proved he can still draw an impressive national TV audience too.

CBS’ two-hour telecast of Garth Brooks, Live From Las Vegas delivered 8.7 million viewers and a 1.8 rating among adults 18-49. That’s double the viewers and adult demo rating of a certain other music artist’s prime-time special this week — Lady Gaga’s romp with the Muppets, which aired on Thursday. Brooks easily had the highest-rated and most-watched show among the broadcasters last night. Competition was soft, to be sure, but for a music special on a Friday night during a holiday weekend this is a good number.

The concert marked Brooks’ final show of his one-man residency on The Strip. The country artist previously retired from performing in 2001 to spend more time with his family.

Also Friday: ABC’s annual return of How the Grinch Stole Christmas, along with Shrek the Halls (perhaps the only holiday animated special with enough of a track record to show its going to be around for awhile). Full chart:

NET/TIME/SHOW

18-49 RATING

TOTAL VIEWERS

FOX

8-9P

BONES

R

0.6

2,904

9:00P

HOPE

0.6

1,752

9:30P

HOPE

0.6

1,628

ABC

8:00P

GRINCH

R

1.5

5,859

8:30P

SHREK HALLS

R

1.5

5,367

9-10P

SHARK TANK

R

1.2

4,695

10-11P

20/20-

0.9

5,040

CBS

8:00P

HOOPS-XMAS-

R

0.4

2,310

8:30P

ELF-SHELF

R

0.6

3,050

9-11P

GARTH BROOKS

1.8

8,745

NBC

8-9P

DATLN FR-

1.2

7,187

9-10P

GRIMM-

1.3

5,657

10-11P

DRACULA-

0.9

2,833

CW

8-9P

GRANDMA-OVR

RS

0.4

1,232

9-10P

NIKITA-11/29

S

0.2

884

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