The Nov. 7 ABC network airing of the Disney TV film "Annie" scored a very respectable 24 share. ABC, a Disney subsidiary, estimated that the 24 share was equal to roughly 24 percent of the total estimated television viewing audience.
"It did really well," an ABC spokesperson told Playbill On-Line.
While there were no immediate indications of Disney's plans for the film, the successful remake was seen as good news after reports that overall Disney profits were off some 71 percent for the fourth quarter. For the same period, Disney's broadcast division reported an increase in operating income of 21 percent.
Theatre professionals seemed taken with the film, particularly regarding Andrea McArdle's performance and Disney's theatre-rich casting. After the Nov. 1 screening, Annie composer Charles Strouse told Playbill On Line he was "very happy" with the project.
"Annie" starred Alicia Morton as Annie, Victor Garber as Daddy Warbucks, Audra McDonald as Grace, Kathy Bates as Miss Hannigan, Kristin Chenoweth as Lily St. Regis, Alan Cumming as Rooster, and the original Annie, Andrea McArdle, performing the cameo role of "star-to-be" in a stunning rendition of "NYC." -- By Murdoch McBride