By James Hibberd
Updated December 06, 2013 at 04:01 PM EST
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NBC’s big winter gamble paid off: The Sound of Music Live! delivered a massive audience Thursday night.

The three-hour performance of the classic Rodgers & Hammerstein musical delivered 18.5 million viewers and a great 4.6 rating among adults 18-49. Excluding sports, this is NBC’s biggest Thursday in the adult demo since the ER finale in 2009 and most-watched Thursday since the Frasier finale in 2004. Obviously, it’s also far and away NBC’s strongest non-sports Thursday performance this season; the network has had all sorts of ratings headaches on this night given its troubled comedy block. Sound of Music was Thursday’s most-watched show and tied CBS’ Big Bang Theory in the demo to win the evening.

While skepticism about the Sound of Music stunt ran high leading up to the show, viewers were generally enthusiastic about the performance, which was executed without any technical or performance glitches.

Also Thursday: ABC’s Scandal hit a five-week high. Full chart:

NET/TIME/SHOW

18-49 RATING

TOTAL VIEWERS

FOX

8-9P

X-FACTOR

1.3

4,801

9-10P

GLEE-

1.1

3,184

ABC

8-9P

ONCE-WONDERLAND

1.0

3,613

9-10P

GREY ANTMY-

2.4

7,483

10-11P

SCANDAL-

3.1

8,600

CBS

8:00P

BIG BANG-

4.6

15,261

8:30P

MILLERS-

2.5

9,377

9:00P

CRAZY ONES-

2.1

7,660

9:30P

TWO&HLF MN-

2.3

8,332

10-11P

ELEMENTARY-

1.8

8,186

NBC

8-11P

SOUND MUSIC-

S

4.6

18,470

CW

8-9P

VAMPIRE DIARIES-

1.0

2,255

9-10P

REIGN-

0.6

1,654

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