Due to a cast member’s injury, last night’s “Rent” used mostly pre-taped footage from a dress rehearsal. The show’s effort received a 1.4 rating among adults 18 to 49 and 3.415 million total viewers, per Nielsen’s fast national numbers.
Compare that with December 2017’s “A Christmas Story Live,” which drew a 1.5 rating and 4.48 million viewers. That one, which went up against “Sunday Night Football” on NBC, had been the previous low for these live-tv musicals.
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Fox’s Easter 2016-timed “The Passion” got a 1.6 rating and 6.648 million viewers. The network’s “Grease: Live” in January 2016 earned