"The Wiz Live!" got NBC pretty close to the Emerald City, at least ratings-wise.
NBC's nearly three-hour telecast of the 1974 Broadway musical -- a soul-tinged retelling of "The Wizard of Oz" -- delivered 11.4 million total viewers, according to Nielsen. Queen Latifah starred in the title role, with a cast that included Mary J. Blige, David Alan Grier and Ne-Yo.
That was a 24% boost over last year's "Peter Pan Live!," which was considered a disappointment when it aired.
But it was nowhere near the 18.6 million who dashed through the Alps with
Even so, "Wiz Live!" delivered a strong enough performance to probably ensure future live-musical telecasts on NBC.
The network reported that among adults 18 to 49 -- the demographic most important to advertisers -- "The Wiz" guided NBC to the best Thursday for any network (excluding sports) in more than a year.
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