Fox’s “Rent” got evicted in ratings on Sunday -- at least, when comparing the semi-live TV musical to all the ones that came before it. And yes, that includes another poor performer, Fox’s “A Christmas Story Live.”
Due to a key cast member’s injury, the network's “Rent” used mostly pre-taped footage from a Saturday dress rehearsal and couldn't hold a (lit or unlit) candle to Fox and NBC's previous live TV musicals among adults in the advertiser-coveted adults 18-49 demographic or in total viewers.
Scroll through our gallery to see how each of broadcast TV's previous live productions ranks by Nielsen numbers since the genre's rebirth. Least-viewed is first, most-watched last.
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