NBC Hopes The Wiz Live Will Be More Like Sound of Music and Less Like Peter Pan

Will the third time be the charm—or the end?

In 2013, The Sound of Music Live shocked the TV industry—and NBC execs—by drawing 18.6 million viewers and a 4.6 rating among adults ages 18-49. Then the ratings for last December's live musical, Peter Pan Live, surprised everyone again, but this time for a different reason. The broadcast attracted less than half as many total viewers—9.21 million—and fell to a 2.4 rating in 18-49.