(Michael O’Connell’s article appeared in the Hollywood Reporter, 2/1; via the Drudge Report.)
EARLY NUMBERS GIVE THE FOX TELECAST A BIG SHOWING, RIVALING NBC'S 'THE SOUND OF MUSIC' WITH YOUNGER VIEWERS.
Grease will be the word in the halls of Fox this week. The network's three-hour live telecast of the musical was a ratings success. Nielsen has the performance averaging 12.2 million viewers and a handsome 4.3 rating among adults 18-49. That's after early numbers gave the performance a 7.4 overnight rating among households. Fox easily had first-place status on broadcast for the night and saw its score in the key demo rival TV's biggest live musical in recent memory.