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Hollywood reacts to Carrie Underwood and ‘Sound of Music, Live!’

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Weeks before the show aired, the Hollywood community and the general public were already either criticizing or applauding country singer Carrie Underwood for taking on the role of Maria in the much anticipated Dec. 5 production of "The Sound of Music, Live!"

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Whether you loved it or hated it, Thursday night’s three-hour live televised musical was a major ratings winner for NBC, drawing in 18.47 million viewers and making the production “the network's biggest non-sports Thursday audience since the ‘Fraiser’ season finale in 2004,” according to The Huffington Post.

Despite the hate-watchers and snarky tweets, the network's three-hour live production pulled in colossal numbers on Thursday night.

The haters got on board early, saying that the producers of the show had no business even remaking the musical, and Carrie had a lot of nerve even thinking about reprising the role made famous by Julie Andrews.

Reviews of Carrie Underwood’s portrayal of Maria were mixed, with negative reviews seemingly getting the most press.

‘The Sound Of Music Live’ Review: Carrie Underwood Shines As Maria ~ Hollywood Life

‘Sound of Music Live!’ Review: The Hills Are Barely Alive ~ The Daily Beast

'Sound of Music Live!' hits a sour note ~ CNN

The reported $9 million production was a big part of the network's holiday programming roll out. Set to air at least one more time before Christmas, NBC reportedly hopes it can air annually as a holiday mainstay. ~ MSN

Twitter feeds blew up during and after Carrie Underwood’s Thursday night performance, from Joe Public and Hollywood celebrities.

Actress Cameron Diaz, @CameronDiaz, tweeted: “Habits off to the entire cast/crew of @SoundofMusic Nice work to you all!”

Mixed in with some positive tweets, actor Rob Lowe, ‏@RobLowe, also tweeted something not so positive: “Ok, so some of the acting is pretty bad, but you can't have everything.”

Check out the accompanying slide show for more celebrity tweets, and images from the live production.

And to see what Carrie Underwood thinks about her haters, see the video accompanying this article.

If you were one of the 18.47 million viewers who watched Carrie Underwood and "The Sound of Music, Live!" on Thursday night, what was your reaction to the show - and Carrie’s performance?

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