Six-time Grammy winner Carrie Underwood, who hails from Checotah, took on the starring role of Maria in Thursday night’s three-hour television production “The Sound of Music Live!,” based on the original musical, and fans tuned in en masse.
According to a news release, 18.5 million viewers watched the live TV special, solidifying a No. 1 primetime win for NBC across all half hours of the broadcast.
“The Sound of Music Live!” dominated the night, delivering NBC’s best 18-49 non-sports Thursday ratings average since the 2009 series finale of “ER,.”
It also earned NBC its best non-sports Thursday rating in total viewers since the “Frasier” season finale in 2004.
“The Sound of Music Live!” not only ranked No. 1 primetime in all 56 Nielsen-metered markets, but also became the first show since May of 2012 to surpass “The Big Bang Theory” in P2+ ratings.
Also starring TV and theater star Stephen Moyer and Tony Award winners Audra McDonald, Christian Borle and Laura Benanti, “The Sound of Music Live!” will be released on DVD on Dec. 17.
“The Sound of Music! — Music from the NBC Television Event” was released earlier this week from Sony Masterworks, featuring studio recordings for all of the musical numbers performed by the cast in the live broadcast, including such Rodgers & Hammerstein favorites as “My Favorite Things,” “Do-Re-Mi,” and the classic title track. To download the soundtrack, link to http://smarturl.it/soundofmusicdig.
According to TheWrap.com, the special performed especially well in Underwood’s home state: Among metered markets, the show was most popular in Oklahoma City. That led the entertainment new site’s Tim Molloy to comment, “Those Sooners look out for their own. Maybe NBC should air a live ‘Oklahoma’ next?”