Jesus Christ Superstar Live carried NBC to a win in the overnight ratings last evening. Airing from 8 to 10:23 p.m., Superstar drew a 1.7 rating in adults 18-49 and 9.4 million viewers. NBC’s last live musical, Hairspray Live, drew a 2.3 rating in adults 18-49 and 9 million viewers back in December 2016. It is also up slightly over Fox’s live version of the religious-themed The Passion musical from March 2016, which drew a 1.6 and 6.6 million viewers. However, since Jesus Christ Superstar ended at 10:23 p.m., its initial numbers will be subject to adjustment later today.
On Easter, John Legend leads a cast that includes Sara Bareilles and Alice Cooper in a live NBC version of the rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice. (AP photo)
The network will present a live version of the Andrew Lloyd Webber-Time Rice 1971 rock opera on Easter Sunday, April 1.