For live 'Jesus Christ Superstar,' NBC turns to a Legend

For live 'Jesus Christ Superstar,' NBC turns to a Legend

Chrissy Teigen wasn't going to let anyone rain on husband John Legend's parade after his stellar performance as Jesus in Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert.

The music of Andrew Lloyd Webber is stuck in millions of heads today. It was up +40% versus the comparable partially live Easter-season event on Fox two years ago, The Passion, in metered-market households (6.0 vs. 4.3 from 8-10 PM on Sunday, March 20, 2016).

Filmed in NY at the Marcy Avenue Armory in Brooklyn, the legendary rock star played King Herod in the adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's hit musical, earning praise from critics and social media for his rendition of "Herod's Song", an ebullient number that mocks the power of Jesus Christ.

Doesn't that qualify as success?

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"Watching JC Superstar on NBC". The show easily beat out its competition, including ABC's "American Idol", which had 7.4 million viewers.

The strongest performer for CBS was "60 Minutes" with 8.1 million viewers for the latest edition of its 50th season.

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. "Jesus Christ Superstar", which was originally written as rock opera, debuted on Broadway in 1971.