“The Sound of Music Live!” Big with Viewers…and Twitter Users

The ratings are in and Carrie Underwood’s The Sound of Music Live! was a ratings win for NBC’s struggling Thursday night lineup. The heavily-promoted production amassed more than 18 million viewers, making the live broadcast NBC’s highest-rated show since 2009’s series finale of ER.

Underwood was cast in Julie Andrews’ iconic role as Maria, a singing nanny in 1940s Nazi Germany. She was joined by True Blood’s Steven Moyer, demonstrating his song-and-dance talents as Captain Von Trapp. Broadway vets Audra McDonald, Laura Benanti and Christian Borle rounded out the cast.

The show was also a big hit across social media. Various celebrities took to Twitter to live-tweet the show; including Cameron Diaz, Busy Phillips, Rosie O’Donnell and the makers of DiGiorno Pizza — which served up a series of hilarious tweets that were the hit of the evening:

DOUGH a crust an unbaked crust
RAY, a guy that likes pizza
ME a pizza liked by a guy named ray
FAH no idea what fah is
SO so
LA a city
T tee

Lauren Graham: “If they cast #SOML from @nbcparenthood: Peter is Von Trapp & @maebirdwing and I are the wacky nuns who steal the car parts at the end.”

David Gregory: “Watching #SoundofMusic with my three kids. Great music and a unique production. Loving it.”

Cameron Diaz: “Habits off to the entire cast/crew of @SoundofMusic Nice work to you all! #pulleditoff #hardtodo #talentedpeeps #SoundofMusic”

Miranda Lambert: “Good luck tonight @carrieunderwood!Gonna curl up on the couch with my gal pals and watch you be amazing as always! #TheSoundOfMusicLive”

Rosie O’Donnell: “Audra McDonald makes everything better #SoundofMusic”

Ronan Farrow: “The Sound of Music: the feel good family musical of the year about leaving your fiancée to boink the nanny.”

Billy Bush: “Bravo @carrieunderwood. This takes huge cajones!”

Kathie Lee Gifford: “I’m so loving hearing this glorious score on network tv LIVE! How about you?”

Brad Paisley: “Go @carrieunderwood go!”

Naturally, the show wasn’t without its critics. USA Today called Underwood’s Music “a little off.” People magazine argued that the country star, an acting novice, was “miscast.” Other publications seemed to agree.

The Hollywood Reporter: “Carrie Underwood ably belts out the hits — but her acting leaves a hole where this live production’s heart should’ve been.”

Variety: Underwood handled the “vocal chores more ably than the acting.”

The Associated Press: Underwood “sang well as Maria but her acting inexperience was laid bare. She had zero chemistry with her love interest and lacked any intensity or shading. Deer in headlights have emoted more.”

Did you tune in for the live broadcast of The Sound of Music? Don’t fret, NBC plans to air the show at least two more times before Christmas. There’s even talk of adding it to the holiday programming schedule.

What did you think of Carrie Underwood’s performance?