Hairspray Live! Ratings Down from Last Season’s The Wiz

News   Hairspray Live! Ratings Down from Last Season’s The Wiz
The Tony-winning musical was broadcast on NBC December 7.
Dove Cameron, Derek Hough, Garrett Clayton, and cast Trae Patton/NBC

Overnight ratings are in, and audiences for the December 7 broadcast of Hairspray Live! were 25 percent less than they were for last season's The Wiz, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

The TV broadcast, which began at 8 PM ET on NBC, earned a 5.9 overnight households rating, which matches the 2014 telecast of Peter Pan Live!, the lowest of the NBC live musical productions. Approximately 8.9 million viewers watched Hairspray Live!, which featured a host of Broadway favorites, including Tony winners Harvey Fierstein, Andrea Martin, Martin Short, and Kristin Chenoweth.

The industry website suggests that airing the musical on Wednesday — the other NBC live broadcasts were seen on Thursday nights — may have affected the ratings. That said, the TV musical was the most-watched program of the night, earning a 2.3 rating among adults 18-49.

Ratings details for the three previous NBC musical telecasts, according to the Hollywood Reporter, follow:
The Wiz: 11.5 million viewers; 3.4 rating adults 18-49 (7.9 overnight)
Peter Pan: 9.2 million viewers; 2.3 rating adults 18-49 (5.9 overnight)
The Sound of Music: 18.3 million viewers; 4.6 rating adults 18-49 (10.6 overnight)


Click Here to Shop for Theatre Merchandise
Recommended Reading:

Blocking belongs
on the stage,
not on websites.

Our website is made possible by
displaying online advertisements to our visitors.

Please consider supporting us by
whitelisting with your ad blocker.
Thank you!