According to preliminary ratings, the show that will get America to cast the leads in Broadway's forthcoming revival of Grease was beaten in its timeslot by CBS' coverage of the Indianapolis Colts-New England Patriots game and ABC's "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition."
Maintaining most of its viewers from last week (8.18 million), the Jan. 21 episode pulled in 8.05 million viewers. In its Jan. 7 debut, the show pulled in an average of 11.59 million total viewers.
This week the young hopefuls were put through "Grease Academy" — a singing, acting and dancing boot camp — by director-choreographer Kathleen Marshall, Grease co-creator Jim Jacobs and British producer David Ian. The final dozen (six males, six females) were selected to move on to the live shows. (Or, as a promo for next week's episode suggests, maybe not the final 12.)
Visit Playbill.com's recap of the show at Is "Grease" the Word?: Week 3 Recap.
"Access Hollywood" co-anchor Billy Bush and U.K. television and theatre star Denise Van Outen host the show which gives TV viewers a taste of the talent pool of New York, Los Angeles and Chicago. The new Broadway production will feature the Jacobs-Warren Casey songs made famous by the original musical, including "Summer Nights," "Greased Lightning" and "We Go Together" as well as the four additional film songs "Grease is the Word," "You're the One That I Want," "Hopelessly Devoted to You" and "Sandy" interpolated into the score.
Paul Nicholas and David Ian Associates, Nederlander Presentations and Phoenix Productions will produce the Broadway run of the show, which begins rehearsals on or about April 1. The capitalization is $10 million.
Tickets are on sale through Ticketmaster outlets. Group sales for Grease are available by calling Nederlander Group Sales at (212) 840-3890.
The NBC official website for the show can be found at nbc.com/Grease.