Ratings: Jesus Christ Superstar Bests Idol to Lord Over Easter Sunday

Jesus Christ Superstar Live Ratings

Jesus Christ Superstar Live ruled Easter Sunday.

NBC’s rousing production delivered 9.4 million total viewers and a 1.7 rating, topping the night on both counts while placing fourth in audience and sixth in the demo among the past four-plus years of live musical events (as detailed below). TVLine readers gave the show an average grade of “B+.”

Sound of Music (Dec. 2013): 18.6 mil/4.6
Grease (Jan. 2016): 12.2 mil/4.3
The Wiz (Dec. 2015): 11.5 mil/3.4
Peter Pan (Dec. 2014): 9.2 mil/2.4
Hairspray (Dec. 2016): 9.1 mil/2.3
The Passion (March 2016): 6.6 mil/1.6
A Christmas Story (Dec. 2017): 4.5 mil/1.5


ABC | American Idol (7.4 mil/1.6) dipped week-to-week to hit and match revival lows. Deception (4.2 mil/0.8) ticked up, doubling American Crime‘s year-ago rating.

CBS | Instinct (6.7 mil/0.6) lost half of last week’s demo rating, NCIS: LA (7.1 mil/0.8) hit and equaled its lowest numbers since Nov. 19 and Madam Secretary (5.7 mil/0.5) drew its second-smallest audience ever while tying its demo low.

FOX | Bob’s Burgers (1.5 mil/0.6) dropped 33 percent, The Simpsons (2 mil/0.9) and Family Guy (2.1 mil/0.9) were steady, and Brooklyn Nine-Nine (1.8 mil/0.8) and Last Man on Earth (1.4 mil/0.6) each dipped a tenth.

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