Saturday, June 15, 2024

“Grease” Is the Word: TV Musical Soundtrack a Hit on iTunes as Ratings Are Huge


Yes, “Grease” is the word. The soundtrack to last night’s live musical “Grease” on Fox has jumped onto iTunes at number 5. It’s right there with Rihanna, Charlie Puth, Adele, and Sia.

The songs are mostly 40 years old, with one new tune written for Carly Rae Jepsen.

Meanwhile, the TV ratings were huge. The total number of viewers was over 12 million, with a 4.3 share in the key demo of 18 to 49. It was easily the most watched show of Sunday night.

The live presentation was filled with music pop icons who don’t necessarily come from Broadway, but were perfect for a one off TV show.  Only Aaron Tveit had real Broadway cred, but the public loves Hudgens and Julianne Hough, Mario Lopez and Carly Rae Jepsen — and it worked!

Hudgens had a major star turn singing “There Are Worse Things I Could Do.” The show was dedicated to the memory of her father, who passed away the night before the broadcast.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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