ITV’s The Sound of Music Live draws 4m viewers
ITV’s The Sound of Music Live was watched by an average of four million viewers, making it the most watched programme on the channel on Sunday night.
The live staging on December 20 – which starred Kara Tointon and Julian Ovenden – had a peak audience of 4.5 million viewers, according to overnight ratings.
Over the two-and-a-half-hour broadcast, the show achieved a 17% share of the overall TV viewing audience.
Seventeen cameras were used to film The Sound of Music Live, which was rehearsed for 37 days before being broadcast live in 10 parts, intersected by advert breaks.
ITV director of comedy and entertainment Elaine Bedell said: “I’m delighted for the production team, the cast and the crew that this dauntingly ambitious production of the world’s most-loved musical came together in such a brilliant way, and we are proud to have offered viewers something truly distinctive and special in our Christmas schedule.”
However, in his review for The Stage, Mark Shenton awarded the televised show two stars, calling it “flat, lifeless and resolutely unrealistic”.
Yet reactions on Twitter were largely positive, although there were complaints over songs being reordered.
#SoundofMusicLive is excellent. Easy to forget it's live (it's so well done). And the use of 1938 news reel footage is a nice touch.
— richard bacon (@richardpbacon) December 20, 2015
Really enjoying this. I'll be a wreck when they sing Edelweiss… Gets me every time. #SoundOfMusicLive
— Dermot O'Leary (@radioleary) December 20, 2015
Can I hide under the bedcovers too during #SoundOfMusicLive to avoid watching this excrucatiingly badly directed show? What are kids DOING?
— Mark Shenton (@ShentonStage) December 20, 2015
Mistake lovers will enjoy the camera that just appeared! #SoundOfMusicLive
— Ryan Love (@RyanJL) December 20, 2015
Brilliant ad-lib from Kara Tointon when the little girl fell over – even using the right character name – #SoundOfMusicLive
— Graham Watts (@GWDanceWriter) December 20, 2015
In which version of The Sound Of Music does mother superior sing Favourite Things? #SoundOfMusicLive. Is she doing Edelweiss next?
— Nathanael Cooper (@nathanaelcooper) December 20, 2015
— Jill Mansell (@JillMansell) December 20, 2015
#SoundOfMusicLive you can't remove favourite things from the thunder scene it's ridiculous!
— Stephanie Lomas (@stephanielomas) December 20, 2015
— Kimberley Walsh (@KimberleyJWalsh) December 20, 2015
— SFP (@SFP_London) December 20, 2015