Sunday, May 26, 2024

Live “Jesus Christ Superstar” Takes Sunday Night with Over 9 Million Viewers, Beats “American Idol,” Album is Number 1 on Amazon


Jesus Christ Superstar was a superstar last night, beating “American Idol” with 9 million average viewers from 8pm through 10:30pm. “Idol” scored its usual 7.3 million last night, settling into familiar groove.

The NBC musical was live from Brooklyn with an ecstatic audience watching a hugely talented cast. John Legend, Brandon Victor Dixon and Sara Bareilles led the group, and they were all spectacular. This morning Legend’s people must be getting calls from Broadway producers who want him in their shows.

Dixon, as Judas, stole the show with the musical’s title number. He’s also getting calls today. He’s a rock star.

Meantime, the original soundtrack album for “JSC” from 1970 is sold out at amazon and on back order. Universal Music simply wasn’t ready for the demand. But it can be downloaded– and the album is number on iTunes. The soundtrack to the awful 1973 movie is number 12. But the one to get now is the new album with last night’s performers. That’s number 1 on amazon right now in pre-orders (avail April 27).

PS the “Roseanne” rerun scored just over 4 million viewers, bringing last week’s chaos back to Earth.


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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