The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show stole the spotlight Tuesday night, receiving its highest ratings ever (4.6 with adults 18-49) and its largest audience since 2002 with 10.3 million viewers.
The show, which aired on CBS for the ninth time, wasn't merely models swaying down the catwalk but was more of an experience with a transparent view of the production.
Viewers were allowed a behind-the-scenes look at the show with the chimes of crew communications urging, "Go! Go! Go!" and directors urging, "We need Adriana!" when the wardrobe crew had trouble undressing Adriana Lima from her superhero outfit.
Recording artists Nicki Minaj, Jay-Z, Kanye West, and Maroon 5 performed for the show. During Maroon 5's performance of "Moves Like Jagger," vocalist Adam Levine walked the catwalk hand-in-hand with Victoria’s Secret Angel and girlfriend, Anne V, planting a kiss on her cheek when they reached the end.
Amid all the show's focus on beauty and extravagance, the viewers were taken into the lives of the Angels with pictures from their childhood, making the gorgeous models more relatable. The glamorous Angels discussed their childhood aspirations, most of which had no relation to modeling.
"Little girls are going to be looking at us going, 'One day I hope I’m an Angel'" Lily Aldridge, wife of Kings of Leon lead vocalist Caleb Followill, said. "And they will be. Someone will be. Someone that's watching this will be an Angel."