It's NBC's best non-sports Thursday since several huge finale nights
Fast National ratings for Thursday, December 5, 2013.
Get ready for Kat McPhee in "Cabaret" and and Phillip Phillips in "Sweeney Todd," because NBC has a new hit franchise on its hands.
Thursday night's live broadcast of "The Sound of Music," starring "American Idol" veteran Carrie Underwood," delivered massive numbers for NBC across the board, even crushing CBS' "The Big Bang Theory" (overall, not in the key demo) as it won the night in all age ranges.
[At the request of Alan Sepinwall, this ratings story will include no puns, so don't look for any jokes based on this being "'Music' to NBC's ears," "Solving a problem like NBC" or "A few of viewers' favorite things" or "'Music' offers a ray of golden sun."]
This was NBC's best non-sports Thursday in total viewers since May 13, 2004 (the night of the "Frasier" finale) and NBC's best non-sports Thursday among adults 18-49 since 2009 (the night of the "ER" finale).
Among the shows that took the brunt of the "Sound of Music" juggernaut were "X Factor," "Glee," "Big Bang Theory," "Grey's Anatomy," "Elementary" and "The Vampire Diaries," which all lost either overall audience, young viewers or both.
Oddly, "Once Upon a Time in Wonderland" was up slightly in young viewers, but that may be related to ABC having the NFL preemption in Houston.
On to the actual numbers...