In the latest TV show ratings, NBC’s production of Annie Live! averaged 5.2 million total viewers and a 0.9 demo rating (per fast nationals), easily leading Thursday’s non-NFL fare in the demo.
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Nielsen finals will trickle in later. Until then, here is how TV’s musical events of the past eight years have netted out:
Sound of Music Live (NBC, Dec. 2013): 18.6 mil/4.6
Grease Live (Fox, Jan. 2016): 12.2 mil/4.3
The Wiz Live (NBC, Dec. 2015): 11.5 mil/3.4
Little Mermaid Live (ABC, Nov. 2019): 9 mil/2.6
Peter Pan Live (NBC, Dec. 2014): 9.2 mil/2.4
Hairspray Live (NBC, Jan. 2017): 9.1 mil/2.3
Jesus Christ Superstar Live (NBC, April 2018): 9.6 mil/1.7
The Rocky Horror Picture Show (Fox, Oct. 2016): 5 mil/1.7
The Passion (Fox, March 2016): 6.6 mil/1.6
A Christmas Story Live (Fox, Dec. 2017): 4.5 mil/1.5
Rent (Fox, Jan. 2019): 3.4 mil/1.4
Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch Musical (NBC, Dec. 2020): 2.5 mil/0.6
Elsewhere on Thursday:
FOX | Thursday Night Football (13 mil/3.0) is up sharply from the preliminary numbers for its pre-Thanksgiving outing.
ABC | Alec Baldwin: Unscripted drew 4.1 mil and a 0.4. Christmas Light Fight‘s double-episode finale averaged 1.8 mil/0.3.
CBS | Young Sheldon (6.4 mil/0.6) and United States of Al (4.5 mil/0.4) dipped, while Ghosts aka One of TVLine’s Best Shows of 2021 (5.3 mil/0.5), B Positive (4 mil/0.4) and Bull (4 mil/0.3) were all steady.
THE CW | Walker (930K/0.1) added some eyeballs, while Legacies (370K/0.1) dropped a few.
The Live+Same Day numbers reported in our ratings column do not reflect a show’s overall performance, given the increased use of delayed playback via DVR and streaming platforms, plus out-of-home viewing. These numbers (Nielsen fast nationals, unless denoted as finals) instead aim to simply illustrate trends or superlatives.