While numbers were slightly down for the Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon, the show still managed to raise $58.9 million, not a bad sum for a telethon that airs for just a few hours. Last year the show raised $60.5 million, while 2008 saw donations of $65 million.
The show took place at the South Point Hotel in Las Vegas on Labor Day and was broadcast by more than 170 television stations to 40 million viewers. It was the telethons 45th showing.
Lewis said of the show: