12:25pm PT by Mikey O'Connell
TV Ratings: NBC's 'Sound of Music Live' Nears 22 Million Viewers With DVR
Though the Live! proved the biggest draw in NBC's The Sound of Music Live!, the special did add some impressive DVR viewership.
Live-plus-7 ratings for the Dec. 5 telecast push it to 21.837 million viewers and a 5.6 rating. That's up from the 18.5 million viewers and 4.6 adults rating that tuned in the night of.
At the time, it marked NBC's most-watched Thursday since the E.R. finale in 2009 -- excluding sports. With the lifts, the special now outperforms every non-sporting NBC Thursday since 2004, when Friends (52.46 million) and Frasier (22.59 million) aired their final episodes over two consecutive weeks that May.
The Sound of Music Live! topped all other telecasts for the week of Dec. 2-8 -- one of several reasons why NBC is already prepping a follow-up.
"We're looking for another show, a well-known title, something that people already know and love that can interest kids and adults and can be produced live, which is no small feat," NBC Entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt recently told The Hollywood Reporter, noting the network has narrowed it down to three finalists.
Including an encore, NBC estimates that 44.18 million viewers have now watched at least some portion of the show.