Ratings: ABC's ‘Sound of Music’ Is No ‘Sound of Music Live’

Ratings: ABC's 'Sound of Music' Is No 'Sound of Music Live'

Sorry, Julie Andrews: you're no Carrie Underwood … at least when it comes to ratings

On the heels of NBC's wildly successful “Sound of Music Live” remake, ABC aired the Julie Andrews classic to far less fanfare.

NBC's Dec. 5 version, starring Carrie Underwood, earned a 4.6 rating in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and 18.5 million viewers. ABC's re-airing of the original got just a 1.3 and 6.5 million viewers on Sunday night.

This weekend, the hills were more alive with the sounds of football. NBC's Sunday night NFL offering helped the network win outright by a large margin, though due to the nature of live sports, results for NBC, CBS and Fox are subject to change.

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NBC was first in ratings with a 4.4 rating/13 share in the key demo and first in total viewers with an average of 13.1 million, according to preliminary numbers. At 7 p.m., “Football Night of America” part 1 earned a 1.5/5 and 5.3 million viewers. At 7:30, part 2 earned a 2.2/7 and 6.8 million viewers. Part 3 at 8 received a 4.1/12 and 12.3 million viewers. The game itself, Bears vs. Eagles at 8:30, got a 5.5/16 — making it the highest-rated primetime telecast Sunday — and 16 million viewers.

CBS was second in ratings with a 2.1/6 and in total viewers with 10.3 million. An NFL overrun at 7 earned a 5.3/16 and 21 million viewers — making it the most-watched show Sunday. “60 Minutes” at 8 got a 1.8/5 — a 20 percent boost from last week — and 10.2 million viewers. Repeats followed.

Fox was third in ratings with a 1.6/5 and fourth in total viewers with 4 million, airing entirely reruns mixed with some NFL overrun.

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ABC was in fourth in ratings with a 1.3/4 and third in total viewers with 6.5 million, airing just 1965's “The Sound of Music.”

Univision was in fifth in ratings with a 0.9/3 and in viewers with 2.7 million.

Telemundo was sixth in ratings with a 0.4/1 and in total viewers 1 million.

  • Jim

    Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww….

  • DA

    Thank goodness last night's classic was no “Live.”

  • Zammo

    Really? Stupid article. How many millions do you think have seen the original? In the city where I lived it was in the theater well over a year during its first run & many went back more than once.

    • lovely

      millions?billions have watched it over and over. and the live one's ratings dropped to 3 million(reair) from 18 in just a week. and the movie has been aired every year by ABC and still it gathers >5 mil viewers despite being an “old” film.
      also one must realise the fact that TSOM was never a critics favorite(1965 version was blasted by critics in a similar way).but people including me were swayed away by julie and the kids and it truly gained a special place in our hearts. now carrie's version did a great job too and her fans have every right to be proud of her singing.But its baseless to compare the movie with stage version through ratings.

  • Stuart W

    Slow news day?

  • Paum M

    I watched both versions. I liked both versions. But the motion picture was indeed far, far superior and was made nearly 50 years ago. Also, ABC shows this classic EVERY year, so, it's not like they did it just because of NBC's show.

  • Thomas R Carter

    ABC should quit trying to compare Movie version with a stage play version. Every one knows movie version is far superior to stage play version. Carrie Underwood did a great job on stage version , so acknowledge that and be done with it. When acting on stage , one don't have much of a chance correcting mistakes, it is what it is, but her music was superb.

  • lovely

    millions?billions have watched it over and over. and the live one's
    ratings dropped to 3 million(reair) from 18 in just a week. and the
    movie has been aired every year by ABC and still it gathers >5 mil
    viewers despite being an “old” film.
    also one must realise the fact
    that TSOM was never a critics favorite(1965 version was blasted by
    critics in a similar way).but people including me were swayed away by
    julie and the kids and it truly gained a special place in our hearts.
    now carrie's version did a great job too and her fans have every right
    to be proud of her singing.But its baseless to compare the movie with
    stage version through ratings.

  • Eve

    Didn't realize until recently that Christopher Plummer and some of the kids didn't actually sing their parts in the movie and that the real singers weren't all credited for it. Got to love Hollywood! Guess the Live version and movie really shouldn't be compared. Live is much harder and movie edits can make performances better. Personally I liked both versions for different reasons. I had seen the play version many times before in local theaters, so I knew not to expect the movie version. Yes Carrie could have used some (any?) acting coaching but her singing was really good for only 6 weeks of rehearsals of dancing and singing together. Seasoned Broadway performers train a long timge for that skill. My 5 year old daughter has now seen both and loves the Live version better. Sort of silly to compare the ratings. Lots of people are busy 3 days before Christmas and 4 hours is a huge time commitment. Wish the comparisons would go away.

  • Jose Acevedo

    There is ONE other key point this article missed, and that is NBC aired an encore of the Carrie Underwood version last week on a Saturday (another slot that isn't football-dominated) in order for the network to prove that their previous ratings victory was not a fluke.

    The end result was that the encore only garnered 3.16 million viewers (about HALF the viewers of last night's ABC telecast of the Julie Andrews version).

  • Norm Thompson

    and remember that the LIVE one was not up against football, just reruns. So expect the ratings to be lower.

    • esteej

      We didn't have re-runs “way back then”. ALSO, we didn't watch it on TV then,
      only in the theaters.

  • Elsie Dunlop

    I preferred the movie – But Julie
    Andrews became the character and no one else could fill her shoes for me