"Hairspray Live" recently aired on NBC. And the ratings for the highly anticipated musical have finally surfaced. The musical, based on the 1988 John Waters movie, has returned to the stage yet again. This follows the Tony Award-winning Broadway show of the same name which opened in 2002, and the blockbuster movie that opened in 2007. The story follows young teenager Tracy Turnblad in her hometown of Baltimore.

Tracy loves to dance and dreams of dancing on her favorite television program, "The Corny Collins Show." When she gets the chance to dance on the show, she sets out to desegregate the show so she can dance on air with her white and black friends alike. The show takes place in the year 1962, but features many of today's biggest issues, such as racism and body acceptance. The show starred Harvey Fierstein, Martin Short, Ariana Grande, Kristen Chenoweth, Derek Hough, and newcomer Maddie Baillio in the leading role.

'Hairspray Live' ratings

As anticipated, NBC won the night with "Hairspray Live." While the ratings have dropped from last year's NBC musical, "The Wiz," this year's musical still had the highest ratings of the night. The three hour musical had just under 9 million people tuning in to watch. The show received a rating of 2.3 among 18-49 year olds, and received an 8 share. These ratings were higher than other basic cable channels, ABC, CBS, and FOX during this Wednesday night block.

Compared to ratings of other NBC musicals

"Hairspray Live" is the fourth consistent musical to air on NBC since the network started airing a yearly musical during the month of December. The first musical, "The Sound Of Music Live" starring Carrie Underwood, aired in 2013 to huge ratings. It was watched by over 18 million people. The following years musical was "Peter Pan Live" staring Alison Williams.

The musical fell in the ratings from the year before, but still won its time slot with over 9 million viewers. The next year, NBC aired "The Wiz Live" which rose in viewership with over 11 million viewers. This year's "Hairspray Live" was watched by less than 9 million viewers, making it the lowest watched of the 4 musicals done by NBC. The next musical will be "Bye Bye Birdie Live" starring Jennifer Lopez, and will air next year on NBC.

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