Ratings: Fox Gets 12.2 Million Viewers Hopelessly Devoted to ‘Grease: Live’

Network easily beats rest of Big 4 broadcasters combined in key demo

“Grease: Live” landed 12.2 million viewers on Sunday night, handing Fox first place in both overall audience size and the key 18-49 demographic. As a matter of fact, Fox comfortably topped the rest of the Big 4 broadcasters combined in the main demo.

Per preliminary fast national ratings, Fox’s “Grease: Live” bested NBC’s latest live TV musical, “The Wiz Live,” in both the main demo and across total viewers. “The Wiz Live” had earned a 3.3 demo rating and 11.1 million total viewers on a December Thursday, when it had NFL football to contend with on CBS.

Read about “Grease: Live’s” earlier metered market ratings here. By that very rough first count, “The Wiz” was still ahead of “Grease.” Clearly, not any more.

Fox was first in ratings with a 4.3 rating/13 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and in total viewers with an average of 12.2 million, according to preliminary numbers. “Grease: Live” was the only show on Fox’s primetime schedule.

NBC was second in ratings with a 1.3/4 and third in viewers with 4.8 million. “Dateline: NBC” at 7 p.m. ET had a 1.0/3 and 5.7 million viewers. At 9, “American Ninja Warrior: USA vs. The World” got a 1.4/4 and 4.5 million viewers.

CBS was third in ratings with a 1.0/3 and second in viewers with 8.6 million. At 7 p.m. ET, “60 Minutes” received a 1.1/3 and 9.4 million viewers. At 8, “Madam Secretary” posted a 1.1/3 and 10.1 million viewers. “The Good Wife” at 9 had a 1.0/3 and 8 million viewers. “CSI: Cyber” at 10 got a 1.0/3 and 6.8 million viewers.

Univision was fourth in ratings with a 0.7/2 and fifth in viewers with 1.8 million.

ABC was fifth in ratings with a 0.6/2 and fourth in viewers with 2.5 million. Following a rerun, the “Galavant” season finale received a 0.6/2 and 2.2 million viewers. Repeats followed.

Telemundo was sixth in ratings with a 0.3/1 and in viewers with 777,000.