According to Deadline, NBC’s live staging of The Sound Of Music, a throwback to the
1950s era of live TV musicals, drew a big 4.6 rating in adults 18-49
last night and 18.5 million viewers, giving NBC something it had not
seen in a long while – a dominating win on Thursday night. This was
NBC’s best adults 18-49 Thursday average with non-sports programming in
4.5 years, since the night of the ER finale in April 2009, and the largest Thursday audience in 9.5 years, since the night of the Frasier finale in May 2004. Despite lukewarm reviews, The Sound Of Music brought in
football-size audience, on par with the 18.9 million that NBC averaged
in primetime last Thursday with an NFL game. It tied the highest-rated
series on broadcast TV, CBS comedy The Big Bang Theory (4.6), which was pushed down 11% from its most recent original. Because this was the first live TV musical since the 1950s, it is hard to find a fair comparison.
Sidebar: I changed the channel to Grey's Anatomy before I could see the one black person that was in The Sound of Music, Audra Mcdonald. Sorry Audra and I read you were the one worth watching!