Once Again, The R & H “Cinderella” Musical Is More Impressive Than The Super Bowl

Like many of you, I watched the Super Bowl last night, and it was thrilling. Any minute, we will be reading the morning-after stories proclaiming that the game was the most-watched show in American broadcast history. While it’s true that a viewership of 110 million will be the biggest number of Americans having watched a program, as a percentage of the country’s population the Super Bowl will not have drawn the biggest viewership. When the confetti is swept away, that title will still belong to the 1957 premiere of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s musical “Cinderella,” starring Julie Andrews, to which two-thirds of the American population tuned in. The Super Bowl captured about one-third.

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