Rent Live: Low Rated, Low Ranked Of Live TV Musicals. See 11 Ranked

“Rent Live” was seen by just 3.574 million viewers, according to preliminary Nielsen ratings, and received mostly negative reviews, according to Rotten Tomato, which gave it a ranking of just 36 percent. Both the rating and the ranking are near the bottom of all live musicals since the trend began again in 2013 with The Sound of Music.

However, perhaps not surprisingly, it did relatively well with younger audiences.  Its 1.4 rating among adults under 50 made it the No. 1 show in “the demo” on all of network TV Sunday.
Below are “live musicals” that have been broadcast on TV, listed in order of ranking by Rotten Tomato — except for Rent Live, which I put up top. If I listed in with the others, it would be near the bottom

Rent Live

(Fox, 01/27/19, 3.574 million (so far) Rotten at 36
My take
Sing along with Rent

Jordan Fisher and Brennin Hunt as Mark and Roger 2019
Jordan Fisher and Brennin Hunt as Mark and Roger

Jesus Christ Superstar Live

(NBC, 4/1/2018, 9.6 million viewers) Fresh at 100 percent

THE WIZ LIVE! — Pictured: (l-r) Elijah Kelley as Scarecrow, Ne-Yo as Tin-Man, David Alan Grier as Lion, Shanice Williams as Dorothy

The Wiz Live

(NBC, 12/3/15, 11.5 million viewers)

My take

Sing along with The Wiz Live

Fresh at 91 percent

Aaron Tveit as Danny and Juianne Hough as Sandy

Grease Live

(Fox, 1/31/16, 12.2 million viewers)

Noah Robbins on Grease Live, his first musical since high school

Sing along with Grease Live

Fresh at 91 percent

HAIRSPRAY LIVE! — Pictured: (l-r) Harvey Fierstein as Edna Turnblad, Martin Short as Wilbur Turnblad

Hairspray Live

(NBC, 12/7/16, 9.1 million same-day viewers) 

My take

Sing along with Hairspray

Fresh at 79 percent

The Passion

(Fox 3/20/16, 6.6 million viewers)

Fresh at 60 pecent

Peter Pan Live

Sing along to Peter Pan

(NBC, 12/4/14, 9.2 million viewers)

Rotten at 59 percent

The Sound of Music Live

My take

 (NBC, 12/5/13, 18.6 million viewers) 

Rotten at 44 percent

A Christmas Story Live

(Fox, 12/17/17, 4.5 million viewers)

Rotten at at 43 percent


The Rocky Horror Picture Show:

Let’s Do The Time Warp Again

(Fox, 10/21/16, 4.95 million viewers)

My take

Rotten at 28 percent


Dirty Dancing

(ABC, 5/24/17. 6.6 million viewers)

Rotten at 20 percent

Author: New York Theater

Jonathan Mandell is a 3rd generation NYC journalist, who sees shows, reads plays, writes reviews and sometimes talks with people.

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