It looks like Fox shot its eye out by turning A Christmas Story into a live TV musical.
The network’s retelling of the beloved holiday classic proved to be the gift that no one asked for. Not only was the three-hour telecast blasted on social media, it drew ratings that will have execs washing their mouths out with soap.
A Christmas Story was seen by a mere 4.5 million viewers and delivered a 1.5 rating among adults aged 18-49, making it the lowest rated of live TV musicals since NBC‘s A Sound of Music Live in 2013.
Ratings wise, Sunday night’s production paled in comparison to Fox’s production of Grease Live last year — which garnered 12.2 million viewers with a 4.3 rating — as well as NBC’s critically panned Peter Pan Live in 2014, which took in 9.2 million viewers with a 2.4 rating.
The ever-vociferous critics on Twitter weren’t too kind either. Users slammed the production as “a dumpster fire” and “the worst thing to ever air on television.”
Twas a night of plagued live performances all around, apparently, as even history’s first “live commercial” left viewers underwhelmed.
Yikes. All we want for Christmas is for someone to autotune the Bearded Lady.
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