Last night ITV broadcast a live television adaptation of The Sound of Music by Rodgers and Hammerstein.
According to overnight ratings, the show was watched by an average of four million viewers with a peak of 4.5 million viewers.
The most watched programme of the evening on ITV1, The Sound of Music LIVE celebrated a 17% share of the overall TV viewing audience.
Elaine Bedell (ITV's TV director of comedy and entertainment) said: "I'm delighted for the production team, the cast and the crew that this dauntingly ambitious production of the world's most-loved musical came together in such a brilliant way, and we are proud to have offered viewers something truly distinctive and special in our Christmas schedule."
The stellar cast included Kara Tointon as Maria, Julian Ovenden as Captain Von Trapp, Katherine Kelly as Baroness Elsa Schraeder, Alexander Armstrong as Max Detweiler, West End legend Maria Friedman as Mother Abbess, Mel Giedroyc as Frau Schmidt and Evelyn Hoskins as Liesl von Trapp.
The creative team included Coky Giedroyc (creative director), Martin Koch (musical supervisor) and Richard Valentine (television director). Seventeen cameras were used and the cast rehearsed over 37 days.
ITV's live broadcast of The Sound of Music followed NBC's The Sound of Music LIVE in 2013 which starred Carrie Underwood as Maria von Trapp, Stephen Moyer as Captain Georg von Trapp and Audra McDonald as Mother Abbess, attracting 18.62 million live viewers.