Carrie Underwood, "True Blood" star Stephen Moyer and their fellow co-stars pulled off "The Sound of Music Live!" with only a few small glitches on Thursday, Dec. 5, and it seems the gamble by NBC might have paid off for the network.
The show was reportedly watched by 18.47 million viewers, according to The Hollywood Reporter. "The Sound of Music Live!" averaged a 4.6 rating in the key 18-49 demo and it was the most-watched program of the night.
Underwood took on the role of Maria in the show, a role made famous by Julie Andrews in the 1968 film adaptation of the original 1959 Broadway musical. Stephen Moyer of "True Blood" fame played Maria's love interest, Captain Von Trapp. Audra McDonald, Laura Benanti and Christian Borle were also a part of the cast.
Before the show aired, Underwood talked about getting hate tweets from fans of Julie Andrews and the film version.
"I get hate tweets and stuff like that and like, 'You're not Julie Andrews!' I know I'm not," she told Entertainment Weekly. "Nobody is, and I would never pretend that I was. I know my place, you know?"
Several celebrities also tweeted about the show including Rob Lowe, Miranda Lambert and Anna Kendrick, who live-tweeted the show.
"Maria is really the Brad Pitt of this relationship #SoooManyChildren #SoundofMusic," Kendrick wrote.
Lowe, who recalled his panned musical performance with Snow White from the 1989 Oscars, tweeted, "I may be the wrong person to weigh in (Snow White Duet?) but I'm glad a network is taking a chance with #TheSoundOfMusic #FunAndSweet."
He later added, "Ok, so some of the acting is pretty bad, but you can't have everything. #TheSoundOfMusic."
Lambert was pleased with the show and tweeted, "Wow! The Sound Of Music Live was awesome. @carrieunderwood unbelievable! I can't imagine the work that went into that. Such a talented cast!"What did you think of "The Sound of Music Live!" and Carrie Underwood's performance? Vote in our polls below.