Grease Live: Huge Ratings & My Five Favorite Numbers

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Grease was definitely the word on Sunday night. FOX’s first live musical production hit all the right notes, scoring with critics and viewers alike.

Grease: Live danced away with 12.2 million viewers and an impressive 4.3 rating among adults 18-49, beating NBC’s last two live productions. The Wiz Live and Peter Pan Live scored 11.5 million and 9.2 million respectively. It did fall short, however, of The Sound of Music Live which delivered a whopping 18.3 million viewers. FOX, though, should be very proud. The network proved you could stage a live production without making it a hate-watching event.

Personally, I thoroughly enjoyed the three-hour extravaganza. There were so many moving parts (multiple sound stages, live audience and rainy weather) to the elaborate production. FOX really set the bar high for all following live musicals. This one will be hard to beat.

According to The Wrap, Vanessa Hudgen’s standout number, “There Are Worse Things I Could Do,” was the most re-watched scene during the live telecast. While Hudgen’s Rizzo cover ranked in my Top 5, it wasn’t my favorite. Find out which scene was below.

Top 10 Re-Watched Grease Live Moments

5. ‘You’re The One That I Want’

Julianne Hough’s makeover was a little anticlimactic, but girl did Olivia Newton-John proud with those skintight pants.

4. ‘Freddy My Love’

The production that went behind this was insane. How it seamlessly went from a bedroom to a fantasy USO sequence was impressive. This was a star-making moment from Keke Palmer for sure.

3. ‘There Are Worse Things I Could Do’

Hudgens was a revelation during Grease: Live. She was arguably (next to Keke) the only cast member to match, if not surpass, the performance of the original film portrayer. Adding even more heartbreak to the song was the fact Vanessa’s father passed away due to stage four cancer just a day before the live performance.

2. ‘We Go Together’

This was so high energy, I almost got off my couch and started to dance along. No lie. I probably would’ve had I not been beat from a jam-packed weekend. The second tram car driving over the curb at the .36 mark was everything.

1. ‘Those Magic Changes’

Four words. Aaron Tveit’s short shorts!!! Those things had Twitter buzzing during the telecast. Savvy move by producers to use this song to showcase Danny Zuko’s memorable athletic montage from the original film. Lastly, this Jordan Fisher kid who sang the song was fantastic. Expect big things from him.

Honorable Mention

I love me some Boyz II Men so naturally I had to include this number. Great to see them back together.

Did you watch Grease: Live? What did you think of the production? While there is no way any actors could live up to Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta, I thought Aaron Tveit and Julianne Hough did a solid job. They definitely didn’t embarrass themselves. Sound off below.

  • Jason Paul

    Loved it. Aaron Tveit was great despite the age thingy.