In fact, it registered the lowest ever numbers for a televised live musical.
Even before airing, the special was marred by an accident, which saw cast member Brennin Hunt break his foot. With little time or choice, the network were forced to inter-splice live performance was pre-taped segments.
With the overnight ratings counted, it’s been revealed via Variety that ‘Rent’ averaged a 1.4 rating in adults 18-49 and was watched by 3.4 million viewers.
This means it now ranks below former last-place holder, 2017’s ‘A Christmas Story Live’ – which commanded a 1.5 rating and 4.5 million viewers on the same network.
With the live musical format proving potently popular in recent years, it’s also several m’s off the 4.6 rating and 18.6 million viewers who tuned into NBC’s ‘Sound Of Music’ in 2013.
Still, it’s imperative to note that ‘Rent’ (which also starred Mario, Jordan Fisher, and Vanessa Hudgens) was amongst the highest-rated shows broadcast last night in the all-important 18-49 demo.
Indeed, it notably topped the competition in each individual hour of its three hour duration, pointing perhaps to other variables being at play (rather than flat-out disinterest).