According to preliminary ratings, the new NBC talent competition show, which will cast the leads in Broadway's forthcoming revival of Grease, was beaten in its timeslot by the end of CBS' coverage of the New England Patriots-San Diego Chargers game, "60 Minutes," FOX's season premiere of "24" and ABC's "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition"
In its Jan. 7 debut, the show pulled in an average of 11.59 million total viewers.
Young (and some not-so-young) hopefuls belted out their best Grease show tunes for the diplomatic director-choreographer Kathleen Marshall, co-creator Jim Jacobs and British producer David Ian (a reality television staple) in the reality program.
Visit Playbill.com's recap of the show at Is "Grease" the Word?: Week 2 Recap.
"Access Hollywood" co-anchor Billy Bush and U.K. television and theatre star Denise Van Outen hosted the show, which gave TV viewers a taste of the talent pool of New York following last week's look at Los Angeles and Chicago. Bravo will rerun the program Tuesdays at 6:30 PM, Wednesdays at 12 AM, Thursdays at 11 PM and Friday at 5:30 PM. Check your local listings.
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.