The broadcast was watched by an estimated 73 million viewers in over 23 million households - a record for US television, at the time.
The Ed Sullivan Show - Sold Out
We were aware that Ed Sullivan was the big one because we got a telegram from Elvis and the Colonel. And I've heard that while the show was on there were no reported crimes, or very few. When The Beatles were on Ed Sullivan, even the criminals had a rest for ten minutes.