sound-of-music-live-ratings.JPGFast National ratings for Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013

NBC’s live production of “The Sound of Music” paid off in a big way Thursday, as the network scored its biggest audience on the night since 2004.

“The Sound of Music Live” scored commanding wins for the night in both viewers and adults 18-49, even beating “The Big Bang Theory” in viewers in their common half-hour (“Big Bang” did lead the half-hour in adults 18-49). The last time NBC had as big an audience on Thursday, excluding sports, was the night of the “Frasier” series finale in 2004.

Elsewhere, “Scandal” was up over its last original (pending updates for its Houston affiliate airing an NFL game), and “The X Factor” and “Glee” ticked up from their Thanksgiving lows last week. “The Vampire Diaries,” however, was down from its last original episode two weeks ago.

NBC drew 18.5 million viewers and a 10.6 rating/16 share in households for the night, nearly doubling the 9.5 million and 6.0/9 for second-place CBS. ABC (6.6 million, 4.4/7) came in third. FOX (4 million, 2.5/4) took fourth, and The CW (1.95 million, 1.3/2) trailed.

In the 18-49 demographic, NBC’s 4.6 rating was far and away the best mark of the night. CBS was the best of the rest at 2.5, and ABC finished third with a 2.2. FOX averaged 1.2 and The CW 0.8.

Thursday hour by hour:

8 p.m.

NBC: Special – “The Sound of Music Live” (17.6 million viewers, 10.2/16 households)
CBS: “The Big Bang Theory” (15.3 million, 9.3/15)/”The Millers” (9.4 million, 5.9/9)
FOX: “The X Factor” (4.8 million, 2.9/5)
ABC: “Once Upon a Time in Wonderland” (3.6 million, 2.4/4)
The CW: “The Vampire Diaries” (2.25 million, 1.5/2)

18-49 leader: “The Sound of Music Live” (4.7)

9 p.m.

NBC: “The Sound of Music Live” (19.3 million, 10.9/16)
CBS: “The Crazy Ones” (7.7 million, 4.9/7)/”Two and a Half Men” (8.3 million, 5.3/8)
ABC: “Grey’s Anatomy” (7.5 million, 5.0/8)
FOX: “Glee” (3.2 million, 2.1/3)
The CW: “Reign” (1.65 million, 1.1/2)

18-49 leader: “The Sound of Music Live” (4.8)

10 p.m.

NBC: “The Sound of Music Live” (17.5 million, 10.1/16)
ABC: “Scandal” (8.6 million, 5.8/9)
CBS: “Elementary” (8.2 million, 5.3/8)

18-49 leader: “The Sound of Music Live” (4.3)

Ratings information includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are preliminary and subject to change. Source: The Nielsen Company.

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Posted by:Rick Porter