'The Wiz': Ne-Yo's Dance Move Was Most Tweeted Moment During Telecast

The third live musical from NBC spurred more than triple the amount of tweets as the earlier two live specials.
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Ne-Yo in 'The Wiz'

The Wiz Live! was a hit, onscreen and on Twitter.

The third live musical from NBC, which drew 11.5 million viewers on Thursday night, spurred more than triple the amount of tweets as the network's two previous outings.

Throughout the three-hour telecast — a new version of the beloved 1975 Broadway production that updated The Wizard of Oz with a majority African-American cast and starring Shanice Williams, Ne-Yo, Common, Mary J. Blige, Amber Riley, Uzo Aduba, Elijah Kelley, David Alan Grier and Stephanie Mills — nearly 279,400 people posted just over 1.6 million tweets about The Wiz, and 6.4 million people saw those tweets a total of 128.9 million times.

Previously, 2014's Peter Pan Live! led around 199,000 users to post approximately 449,000 show-related tweets, and 2013's The Sound of Music Live! had around 147,000 users posting over 474,000 show-related tweets.

The Wiz tweets' 128.9 million total impressions beat out Peter Pan's 68.7 million and Sound of Music's 106.8 million. 

The night's activity spike came at 8:49 pm ET, when Ne-Yo "hit the dab" as the Tin Man during the song "Slide Some Oil to Me" and triggered 15,218 tweets per minute, making his dance move the most tweeted moment of the live airing. (Dana Delany was particularly appreciative.)

NBC will air an encore of the telecast on Saturday, Dec. 19 at 8 p.m.

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