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NBC Execs Are Upset With The Peter Pan Live! Ratings… Because Of Allison Williams???

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This is bad news for the actress.

NBC's Peter Pan Live! was met with mixed reviews, and some very disappointing ratings, which means that the execs aren't happy at all.

Last year, the live musical of Sound of Music pulled in 18 million viewers, but this year there were only 9.2 million, despite having more press than their previous live musical.

[ Related: Allison Williams Gave An Emotional Thank You To The Cast & Crew After Peter Pan Live! ]

And they want to blame Allison Williams, but can't because of her pops Brian Williams.

The show is already done now, but next year, they say they're looking for someone with more star power than Allison has, like Carrie Underwood did.

Though, the one exec who spoke on-the-record, NBC's entertainment chief Bob Greenblatt, felt the opposite way. He said:

"We are definitely doing another live musical, which we'll announce soon. I didn't expect the ratings of `Peter Pan' to come even close to the phenomenal numbers achieved last year by `The Sound of Music.' Yes, higher ratings would have been great, but we all realized going in that this show isn't nearly as well-known as `The Sound of Music.' Both Allison Williams and Chris Walken were terrific last night. It's the best Thursday night we've had since a year ago."

We're sure NBC will figure it all out, and the good news is that at least they already starred Allison, so there shouldn't be any pressure from Brian, right?!

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15 comments to “NBC Execs Are Upset With The Peter Pan Live! Ratings… Because Of Allison Williams???”

  1. 1

    I think that Allison did a fine job. Yes maybe not the well known household name as Carrie Underwood. But the network can not put the blame for low ratings on one person. Live performance is not an easy task. Critics have attack Christopher Walken for obviously reading his lines off a teleprompter. The blame falls on the network for the hires. At the beginning of the process of hiring the actors etc, they were happy with Allison. So they can not start bitching that the numbers were not as high as SofM. The big wigs are just trying to shift the focus of them for their decisions and save their own skin.

  2. Diane says – reply to this


    Did it ever occur to the network that the horrid reviews for Sound of Music discouraged people from tuning into Peter Pan?

  3. JT says – reply to this


    They should've has Justin Bieber as Peter Pan. That would've brought in viewers…for better or worse.

  4. Rosebud99 says – reply to this


    Re: Diane – I totally agree! Last year's performance was so awful that people didn't bother watching this year. Not fair at all to blame Allison.

  5. 5

    She did great! Some people just don't dig live musicals

  6. 6

    I am kind of surprised Walkins's half assed drunk Hook didn't bring the ratings.

  7. 7

    Didn't see it, the Disney movie is the definitive movie IMO.

  8. Nope says – reply to this


    It was probably because last year's Sound of Music was horrid, no one wanted to waste their time again. NBC fucked this whole thing up!

  9. Paula McMenamin says – reply to this


    The ratings had nothing to do with Allison Williams, who was extremely good in the part, but with the the way the screen play was writen. The music was wonderful along with the singing but there was no substance to the plot. I did not think that Chris Walken was a good fit for Capt. Hook. His character was laughable. The set did not help the play.
    Hopefully, more live performances will be forthcoming. Thank you NBC for them.

  10. Dawn says – reply to this


    Let's see. Use a young woman who stars in the most derelict show on TV and expect parents to choose to tune in for their kids to see. Yeah, no.

  11. GabbyJohnson says – reply to this


    Typical dumbass TV executives.

    They think her lack of star power is the reason Peter Pan tanked.

    A) There is no need to choose a woman to play peter pan. It turned off a lot of people and the ones who actually watched spent the entire time wondering why this beatiful woman was playing the part of a teenage boy. STUPID STUPID DECISION

    B) Christopher Walken…well whomever cast him in this role should be booted out of television. Nuff Said

    C) Peter Pan is not a strong musical, and it doesn't have any recognizable songs. The Sound of Music was the soundtrack to multiple generations of people.

    D) NBC is run by dumbasses and morons…and they will lose money next year because they will once again cast the wrong person in the lead role.

    To the people who cast and produces this monstrocity…GO F YOURSELF. You have no idea what you are doing

  12. Trish says – reply to this


    Let me See:

    Year 1- Put major superstar, Carrie Underwood, in lead role and do 18.6 million viewers.

    Year 2 - Put unknown, Allison Williams, daughter of your news anchor in lead role due to nepotism and get 9 million viewers.

    And now execs are shocked that ratings went down so much from first year??????

  13. Jim says – reply to this


    Carrie Underwood was terrific as Maria Von Trappe. I remember reading that the ratings were so great last year that they were just as strong in the last half hour as the first which is amazing! Allison Williams was God Awful and the entire production bombed with Peter Pan.

  14. K olson says – reply to this


    You have got to be kidding. Allison was wonderful. Caption Hook was horrible, hard to even watch. The fight scene was almost non-existant. Star power or not, maybe The sound of music was just a bigger draw….

  15. Star Gazer says – reply to this


    While many famous women have played Peter with extraordinary skill, including Mary Martin and Sandy Duncan, I've always thought casting a woman in a "boys" role is a bit of a cheat. There are certainly plenty of young men who can sing and who could play this role. I would have cast Kurt Hummel (from Glee) for this version.