NEW YORK (AP) â€” NBC reached 11.1 million viewers for its live production of "The Wiz" on Thursday night.
The Nielsen company ratings represented a rebound for the network, which had two million fewer viewers for last year's production of "Peter Pan." In 2014, NBC surprised the television industry with an audience of 18.6 million people for a live production of "The Sound of Music" that starred Carrie Underwood.
"The Wiz" featured a cast including Elijah Kelley, Ne-Yo, David Alan Grier, Mary J. Blige, Queen Latifah, Uzo Aduba, Common & newcomer Shanice Williams as Dorothy.
p>Producers of "The Wiz" said they love doing a live musical during the holiday season, yet said the only way it would continue is if ratings for "The Wiz" were up over "Peter Pan."
Source: “Associated Press”