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While NBC's live production of "The Sound of Music" had its fair share of critics last December, the number of viewers is what NBC entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt was tracking.
"Many of you were rolling your eyes up until the morning of Dec. 6 , when the ratings came in," Greenblatt said, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
Although Carrie Underwood's performance was not nearly as notable as that of Julie Andrews, an estimated 18.5 million viewers tuned in to the production last year, outperforming every non-sporting NBC Thursday since "Friends" aired its final episode in 2004.
Because of that success, NBC has since announced two additional live musicals that are in the works. The production of "Peter Pan" will air on Dec. 4, while the production of "The Music Man" will air sometime in 2015.