Ratings: Sound of Music Hits 3-Year High; Jimmy and J.T. Bring Best-Rated SNL in Two Years

NICHOLAS HAMMOND, KYM KARATH, ANGELA CARTWRIGHT, JULIE ANDREWS, CHRISTOPHER PLUMMER, CHARMIAN CARR, HEATHER MENZIES, DEBBIE TURNER, DUANE CHASEABC’s broadcast of The Sound of Music on Sunday night drew 6.5 million total viewers and a 1.3 demo rating, surging 26 and 18 percent versus last year to deliver six- and three-year highs.

Elsewhere, NBC Sunday Night Football‘s coverage of the Bears/Eagles game did 16 mil and a 5.5, up 10 percent versus last week’s Bengals/Steelers fast nationals, in what was this NFL season’s most lopsided contest.

Rewinding a bit, Saturday Night Live‘s Jimmy Fallon/Justin Timberlake combo scored a 3.9 rating, the show’s best demo delivery in almost two years — since Charles Barkley/Kelly Clarkson, 1/7/2012, which benefited from a primetime NFL overrun. Subtracting out any such football inflations, it was SNL‘s best rating since Timberlake/Lady gaga circa May 2011.

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  1. Asta says:

    I watched the Sound of Music last night and it still holds the test of time. There is such humour and wit in it that was missing from the recent stage version which was at best clunky. Christopher Plummer was so charismatic that you could see why she’d want to leave the nuns.

    • FatherOctavian says:

      The restoration undertaken for the Blu-Ray release was a phenomenal effort. There are certain scenes, like when Maria is leading the children through the Mirabell Gardens in Salzburg, that are so clear it’s almost like looking through a window.

    • I truly enjoyed it again. I remember when they had their reunion on Oprah Christopher P. said he was drunk for most of the filming, ha. I had to laugh watching it last night and seeing how drunk he did look.

  2. Babygate says:

    The Sound of Music movie will forever be a classic. Dame Julie Andrews can never be surpassed. She is exquisite in this role. Mr. Plummer, each one of the kids are irreplaceable. Will forever love “You are 16.” My mother introduced me to SOM and West Side Story when I was a little girl and so they will always be special to me. Hope generations to come will always appreciate the classics.

  3. jm says:

    And still “The Sound of Music” is banned in Austria Tv cause it gives a bad imagine of austrians

  4. CC says:

    I stumbled upon Sound of Music at my mother’s prompting and boy am I glad I did!!!
    I forgot how much I loved the film. Nice pre-Christmas celebration…

  5. Love The Sound of Music movie…not the same as the Broadway production (which the live broadcast was based on)…I can only assume the increase in ratings was due to the NBC Live show