Lewis gone, but telethon brings in more than '10

This photo provided by Muscular Dystrophy Association, The 46th annual Muscular Dystrophy Association telethon co-hosts, from left to right, Nancy O'Dell, Jann Carl, Nigel Lythgoe and Alison Sweeney ad-lib personal salutes to Jerry Lewis, Sunday, Sept. 4, 2011, in Las Vegas. The hosts of the telethon say Jerry Lewis has retired from the yearly fundraiser, the organization's first comments since announcing the beloved icon's departure last month. (AP Photo/MDA, Richard Cartwright)

September 5, 2011 8:26:03 AM PDT
Even without Jerry Lewis, the Muscular Dystrophy Association telethon posted its best gain since the recession started, though the program's longtime host was on the minds of many during the 46th annual fundraiser.