the wiz, the wiz live, shanice williams, nbcLast night's live production of "The Wiz" conjured up some magical ratings for NBC, outpacing last year's "Peter Pan Live!" in the process.

Preliminary numbers show that "The Wiz Live!" scored an impressive 11.1 million viewers, up from "Peter Pan"'s 9.21 million. That makes it NBC's second-highest rated program this fall, after "The Voice" season premiere, which had 12.37 million viewers.

While "The Wiz" didn't beat CBS's rival Thursday Night Football broadcast, nor did it soar to the heights of NBC's first live musical experiment, 2013's "The Sound of Music" (which nabbed a whopping 18.32 million viewers), its numbers are still quite impressive: Its 3.3 rating/11 share in the 18-49 demo beat "Peter Pan"'s 2.4/7, besting the latter production by about 40 percent.

The show was also a hit on social media, with Variety noting that it yielded more than four times the amount of Twitter activity than "Pan" did a year ago. Online praise was especially high for fresh-faced young star Shanice Williams, who played Dorothy.

While "The Wiz" didn't top "The Sound of Music" (and really, at this point, it doesn't appear that any future live musical broadcast will reach those insanely high heights), NBC should be pleased with its performance -- and no doubt is already eagerly planning the network's next live outing.

[via: Variety]

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