According to preliminary ratings, the show that will cast the leads in Broadway's forthcoming revival of Grease was beaten in its in the first hour by CBS' "60 Minutes" and ABC's "America's Funniest Home Videos" again for the second hour (in its regular timeslot) by CBS' "Cold Case" and a repeat episode of ABC's "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition."
Improving on its viewership from last week (8.05 million) and tying the previous week, the Jan. 28 episode drew 8.18 million viewers (6.5 million during the first hour). In its Jan. 7 debut, the show pulled in an average of 11.59 million total viewers.
This week, 14 young hopefuls (the 12 who were told they graduated from "Grease Academy" as well as two wild cards or "second chance" auditioners — no doubt, to balance the two additional live episodes NBC picked up) sang solos and were critiqued by director-choreographer Kathleen Marshall, Grease co-creator Jim Jacobs, British producer David Ian and guest judge Olivia Newton-John.
Next, Andrew Lloyd Webber — who served as judge on BBC's similar "How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria?" competition show — will join the judging trio and provide his commentary on the contestants.
Visit Playbill.com's recap of the show at Is "Grease" the Word?: Week 4 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.