Katharine McPhee and 'Smash' Nab Premiere Ratings Worth Singing About

NFL Honors And Pepsi Rookie Of The Year Singer Katharine McPhee attends NFL Honors And Pepsi Rookie Of The Year at Murat Theatre on February 4, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Getty Images)more pics » Katharine McPhee in 'Smash' (NBC) NBC has a lot riding on the new Katharine McPhee-led drama Smash, a musical show about the behind the scenes machinations of a Broadway musical. The network released the full pilot online ahead of its premiere to try and drum up positive word of mouth and heavily promoted the show during the Super Bowl. So did all that hype translate into a ratings win for the freshman series?

The answer is a tentative yes. Smash debuted strong with 11.5 million viewers, which made it the third highest rated new drama of the season. It also delivered the biggest 10pm ratings of any drama on any network this season. That's the good news. The bad news is that Smash lost a substantial amount of viewers from it's lead-in, The Voice, and also wobbled in its second half hour. Neither of these things are particularly surprising, but it will be interesting to see how Smash fares in the ratings next week after the hoopla has settled down.

So did you watch Smash last night? What did you think of Katherine McPhee, Debra Messing, Megan Hilty, and the rest of the cast? Did you enjoy the Marilyn Monroe baseball players musical number as much as we did? You can check out Zimbio's full review of Smash here.

See more Katharine McPhee photos:
  • Katharine McPhee in NFL Honors And Pepsi Rookie Of The Year
  • Katharine McPhee in 2012 NFL Honors - Arrivals
  • Katharine McPhee in Stars on the Set of 'Smash' in NYC
  • Katharine McPhee in NBC Entertainment & The Cinema Society With Volvo Host The World Premiere Of "Smash" - Outside Arrivals
  • Katharine McPhee in NBC Entertainment & The Cinema Society With Volvo Host The World Premiere Of "Smash" - Inside Arrivals
  • Katharine McPhee in Uma Thurman Guests on 'Smash'
  • Katharine McPhee in Uma Thurman Guests on 'Smash' 2
  • Katharine McPhee in Katharine McPhee Walks Her Dogs on Set
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