‘Superstar’ Tops Easter Sunday With 9.4M

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.

For Live ‘Superstar,’ NBC Turns To A Legend

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)

John Legend To Star In NBC’s ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’

Alice Cooper Joins NBC’s ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’

NBC Plans ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ For 2018

The network will present a live version of the Andrew Lloyd Webber-Time Rice 1971 rock opera on Easter Sunday, April 1.