It’s a Hit! Monster Ratings for ‘Sound of Music’: Watch

Carrie Underwood starred as Maria Von Trapp in "The Sound of Music Live!" on NBC Thursday night (Photo: NBC)

Nearly 18.5 million viewers watched NBC’s live production of “The Sound of Music” Thursday night.

The huge numbers represent a big victory for NBC, for which this three-hour production — broadcast live from a soundstage in Long Island — was a high-stakes gamble.

It paid off, though, with an overnight Nielsen tally of 18.437 million viewers from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. (7-10c) — the best audience for NBC on a Thursday night (excluding sports) since the series finale of “Frasier” in May 2004 (22.597 million viewers).

The three-hour “Sound of Music Live!” also paid dividends where it counted most — in the 18-49 age demographic networks and advertisers crave.

NBC scored an average 4.6 rating over the three hours of the telecast in the 18-49 group — its best performance on a Thursday night in the demo since the series finale of “ER” in April 2009, NBC said.

The NBC musical blockbuster — starring Carrie Underwood and Stephen Moyer in the lead roles of Maria and Capt. Von Trapp — beat everything on every other network Thursday night, when the high-profile competition included original episodes of “The Big Bang Theory” on CBS and “Scandal” on ABC.

Watch the entire show here, or watch individual numbers below:
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Watch: The show’s opening number, “The Sound of Music”:
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Watch: “Do-Re-Mi”:
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Watch: “Sixteen Going on Seventeen”:
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Watch: “My Favorite Things”:
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Watch: “Maria”:
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Watch: “Climb Ev’ry Mountain”:
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Watch: “Edelweiss”:
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Watch: “So Long, Farewell”:
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