NBC’s live musical, “The Wiz Live!,” brought in 11.1 million viewers on Thursday night, according to NBC.
This made the network’s adaptation based on the 1975 Broadway show “The Wiz” the second best non-sports Thursday night for the Peacock network in six years.
The viewership number was also better than NBC’s live musical last year “Peter Pan Live!” which brought in 9.2 million viewers. However, it was behind NBC’s first live TV musical, “The Sound of Music Live!” which brought in 18.6 million viewers in 2013.
The musical starring Queen Latifah, Mary J. Blige, and newcomer Shanice Williams was a ratings success for NBC, and it was celebrated on social media.
“The Wiz” accounted for 128 million Twitter impressions on Thursday night, a total more than both “Peter Pan Live!” and “The Sound of Music Live!”