Live TV Musicals Ranked by Ratings, From ‘Sound of Music’ to ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ (Photos)
NBC just witnessed an Easter Sunday ratings miracle from its adaptation of “Jesus Christ Superstar.” Check out the latest live TV musical’s fast national numbers here and its earlier overnight ratings here.
Broadcast’s last attempt, Fox’s “A Christmas Story Live,” ended up being no “Sound of Music Live” or “The Wiz Live.” Heck, Nielsen-wise, it wasn’t even “Peter Pan Live.” This one was — at least in terms of overall audience members.
Scroll through our gallery to see how each live musical on NBC and Fox rank by Nielsen numbers since the genre’s rebirth. Least-viewed is first, most-watched last.
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Here’s a random sample from our data:
Musical: “Peter Pan Live!”
Date: December 4, 2014
18-49 rating: 2.4
Total viewers: 9.211 million
Musical: “The Wiz Live!”
Date: Dec. 3, 2015
18-49 rating: 3.4
Total viewers: 11.498 million
Musical: “Grease: Live”
Date: January 1, 2016
18-49 rating: 4.3
Total viewers: 12.206 million
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Source: The Wrap