Following the tremendous ratings success of “The Sound of Music Live!,” starring Checotah native Carrie Underwood, NBC has announced that it will air an encore of the three-hour television production at 7 p.m. Saturday.
Based on the original musical, the Dec. 5 live event delivered a No. 1 primetime win for NBC across all half hours of the broadcast, according to a news release.
Attracting 21.3 million total viewers (live + three-day time-shifted viewing), “The Sound of Music Live!” drew praise from several media outlets, including Newsday, which lauded it as “officially one of network TV’s glowing triumphs of the year,” while TV Guide declared, “Carrie Underwood looked the part, and sang with clarity and purpose,” and Entertainment Weekly proclaimed, “NBC’s big winter gamble paid off.”
To read my review of “The Sound of Music Live!,” click here.
The Sound of Music Live! ranked No. 1 primetime in all 56 Nielsen-metered markets, with more than 18.5 million total viewers for the live broadcast. This is all the more remarkable in the context of a traditional Broadway musical, which in an average 1,800-seat theatre, with the standard eight shows a week, would require a run amounting to 25 years to reach an audience of that size, as producer Ken Davenport describes in his blog.
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 Tuesday on DVD.
“The Sound of Music! — Music from the NBC Television Event” is available now from Sony Masterworks, featuring studio recordings for all of the musical numbers performed by the cast in the live broadcast, including such Rodgers and Hammerstein favorites as “My Favorite Things,” “Do-Re-Mi,” and the classic title track.