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TV Ratings: 'Jesus Christ Superstar Live' Tops Easter Sunday in Early Numbers

The highly-publicized Jesus Christ Superstar Live aired last night on Easter Sunday, and perhaps we're a bit biased, but Alice Cooper as King Herod kind of stole the show. The performance won out with nine million viewers, beating ABC's American Idol, averaging a 6.0 overnight rating among Nielsen's metered market households. It posted a 6.1 within the confines of the 8-10PM hour. The numbers are about the same as NBC's most recent musical, Hairspray, from 2016.

In terms of Sunday musicals, it outperformed FOX's "A Christmas Story Live" (2.8 on December 17, 2017) and FOX's similarly positioned "The Passion" (4.3 on Easter Sunday in 2016).

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Model and Twitter superstar Chrissy Teigen, whose husband John Legend played Jesus in the televised production, tweeted right back at O'Reilly, writing, "Yes the shop specializes in coverups that aren't 32 million dollars".

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According to preliminary Nielsen data, the almost two-and-a-half-hour spectacle averaged 9.34 million viewers and a 1.7 in NBC's target demo, which works out to around 2.2 million adults 18 to 49.

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