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.