UPDATED: Allison Williams as Peter Pan might be getting better reviews than Carrie Underwood as Maria, but the country singer still drew far more viewers than the Girls star. Williams’ Peter Pan Live! delivered a solid ratings performance Thursday night, yet do not come anywhere close to Underwood’s The Sound of Music Live! last year.
NBC’s three-hour musical production delivered 9.1 million viewers and a 2.3 adults 18-49 rating, down 51 percent from Sound of Music. While Peter Pan was one of last night’s strongest shows, it still averaged less than a couple sitcoms—CBS’ Mom and Two and a Half Men, both of which had a 2.5 demo rating.
Nonetheless, NBC entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt says the rating gives him happy thoughts. “We’re very pleased with the Peter Pan ratings and it was a great night for NBC,” he said. “We won every hour, which hasn’t happened on Thursday with entertainment programming since a year ago. I’m proud to be part of a company that takes chances and creates big events, and that’s exactly what we’re going to continue to do. We didn’t expect to reach the same rating as The Sound of Music since that was the first live movie event of its kind in over 50 years. But the high wire act of Peter Pan was a joy for everyone involved and I take my hat off to Allison Williams, Christopher Walken, the entire company, and our incredible directors and producers for three months of the hardest work I’ve ever seen. I love these live events and we’re already working on putting the next one together.”
Readers are pointing out the show might have performed better if NBC had selected a stronger title than Peter Pan as a follow up to Sound of Music. Once suspects Fox might have better ratings luck with its upcoming production of Grease, though the network has been struggling to find its two leads.
Check out Melissa Maerz’ Peter Pan review.
Also, here are Tivo’s top 5 moments from the show (measuring which moments received the heaviest re-watching among DVR users):
1. 8:10pm – Peter Pan makes his first appearance flying into the Darling children’s bedroom in search of his shadow.
2. 8:02pm – The opening shot of Wendy dancing with her brother John as the camera peers through the bedroom window and Minnie Driver (adult Wendy) narrates.
3. 9:03pm – Wendy lives! The arrow shot by the lost boy at Wendy hit the acorn button (kiss) necklace that Peter gave her, saving Wendy’s life.
4. 10:54pm – Peter returns to Wendy who is now a grown woman with a child of her own. Peter and Wendy’s daughter Jane fly off to Neverland.
5. 9:42pm – Captain Hook and Peter duel and sing and dance and fly (well, Peter flies) to “A Wonderful World Without Peter.”