Ratings: ‘The Wiz Live’ Sings and Dances Way to 11.5 Million Viewers (Updated)

CBS’ “Thursday Night Football” grows 50 percent over comparable game last year


UPDATED at 12:55 p.m. ET: Per fast official numbers, which NBC rush-ordered on Friday, “The Wiz Live” rose to a 3.4 demo rating and 11.5 million total viewers. For comparative purposes, 2014’s “Peter Pan Live” earned a 2.4/9.2 million viewers; 2013’s “Sound of Music Live” scored a 4.6/18.6 million.

“The Wiz Live” hauled in a big 11.1 million total viewers on Thursday, per Nielsen’s fast national numbers — and that sum may even grow when the final tally is in. The Shanice Williams vehicle scored a 3.3 rating/11 share in the key 18-49 demographic, and was the only show on NBC’s primetime schedule.

Meanwhile, over on CBS, “Thursday Night Football” jumped 50 percent over the comparable contest last year. The pregame show at 8 p.m. received a 2.4/8 and 10.3 million viewers. Green Bay Packers instant-classic victory over the home team Detroit Lions brought those numbers up on an average basis through 11 p.m.

At the moment, CBS and NBC are actually tied for first place in the main demo, both with a 3.3/11 primetime average. CBS has the initial edge in total viewers, with 12.5 millions versus NBC’s 11.1 million.

Read more about the earlier household and local people meters numbers for both big broadcasts here.

Behind CBS and NBC, ABC was a distant third in ratings with a 0.9/3 and in viewers with 5.2 million.

For ABC, special “Toy Story That Time Forgot” at 8 had a 0.9/3 and 4 million viewers. “Shrek the Halls” holiday special at 8:30 got a 1.0/3 and 4.2 million viewers. The two-hour “CMA Country Christmas” special closed out the night with a 0.9 and 5.8 million viewers.

Univision was fourth in ratings with a 0.8/2 and fifth in viewers with 2 million.

Telemundo was fifth in ratings with a 0.7/2 and sixth in viewers with 1.8 million.

Fox was sixth in ratings with a 0.6/2, but fourth in viewers with 3.2 million, airing reruns.

The CW was seventh in ratings with a 0.5/2 and in viewers with 1.3 million. “The Vampire Diaries” at 8 received a 0.5/2 and 1.3 million viewers. “The Originals” at 9 posted a 0.5/2 and 1.2 million viewers.