ABC's "The Little Mermaid Live!" didn't flounder in Tuesday's primetime Nielsen ratings in comparison to the other live (and semi-live) TV musicals that came before it. And yes, that includes the most-recent and lowest-rated event, Fox's "Rent."
Last night's broadcast -- which cut between the 1989 animated film and live performances by the cast, including "Moana" star Auli'i Cravalho as Ariel and Queen Latifah as Ursula -- came in at No. 4 on the list of modern-day, live TV musicals ranked by their ratings among the key adults 18-49 demo. What makes that impressive slot even more impressive for "Little Mermaid" is that it was ABC's first foray into the genre since its rebirth, with all the other specials having aired on Fox or NBC.
Scroll through our gallery to see how each of broadcast TV's modern-day, live musical productions rank by Nielsen numbers. Lowest-rated is first, highest-rated is last.
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