Tony Awards Hit Highest Overnight Rating in 15 Years

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The ongoing “Hamilton” hype helped boost the 2016 Tony Awards to the show’s highest overnight rating in 15 years, growing 33% from last year’s show. The CBS telecast averaged a 6.8/11 in overnight metered markets, up from last year’s 5.1/8, which was one of the least-watched in the show’s history. The show notched a 1.6 rating in the coveted adults 18-49 demographic (up 60% from last year) and 8.7 million viewers, marking its largest audience since 2001.

The kudofest saw fan-favorite “Hamilton” scoop the prize for Best Musical, as expected, winning 11 awards overall, while Best Play winner “The Humans” took home four trophies in total.

Elsewhere, NBC’s coverage of the Stanley Cup Finals also scored a 1.6 rating, but couldn’t come close to the Tonys in total viewers, garnering 4.6 million.

In a night nominated by live coverage and repeats, ABC’s “20/20” special edition on the Orlando shootings drew a 1.2 rating in the adults 18-49 demo and 5.2 million viewers.


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  1. M. Renoir says:

    To Richard, who commented below:

    “If you are not part of the solution, you are part of the problem.”

    Sir…..your opinion indicates the burden of a deep seated, ongoing problem in the entertainment industry. It is sad.

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  3. WIN, WIN, WIN says:

    Great ratings all around for the broadcast networks: NBC with its 1.6 for the Stanley Cup Finals; CBS and the Tony Awards; and really a shockingly strong night for ABC with its repeat programming, AMERICA’S FUNNIEST HOME VIDEOS- 1.0 and a repeat of CELEBRITY FAMILY FEUD pulling a 1.2- incredible. It’s highly possible that ABC’s game night will dominate Sunday’s when the new shows begin their run. One thing is for sure. CELEBRITY FAMILY FEUD willing be pulling high 2s again this summer. And the funniest thing is with 20/20 closing the night with a 1.2 rating at 10pm, this made for the strongest Sunday night performance for ABC in a long, long, time.

  4. Steven S. says:

    It was also a much needed distraction from a terrible and painful day. That it happened to be the best produced and most entertaining telecast in years was a pleasant surprise.

  5. Bob says:

    James Corden did a brilliant job as host! Good on ya, mate!

  6. Jimmy Green says:

    Broadway doesn’t have cartoons and kiddie movies taking jobs away from actors. Is Hollywood paying attention.

  7. Sally Hemmingston says:

    The Tony Award Show was the antithesis of The Oscars, and was absolutely excellent.

    Hollywood Honchos are probably meeting, at this moment, trying to figure out a way to make a HAMILTON Movie with an all white cast so there won’t be any confusion about who deserves awards.

    Hollywood should be embarrassed and ashamed. Its practices and operations belong in the 1800’s.

    • Dex says:

      @Sally Hemmingston
      Both you and Jimmy Green–unlike the Academy–get it. And as ratings for the Oscar telecast continue their downward spiral, the Academy can sit and wonder why it’s members were too stupid to see the obvious.

      • Richard says:

        To call one organization biased and not getting it for nominationing a majority of talent from one race or co-opting a story from another culture or crafting a story that appeals to that audience and then casting it with said members of that race to make it palatable to an audience and not call out the other organization for doing the same is really just hypocritical.

        Take a historical story of mainly white people and then colorblind cast it with mainly minoritiy actors and on Broadway you are praised and rewarded . What if Hollywood tried to Artistically radically reimagine 12 Years a Slave with a cast of white people, well they just couldn’t, no way.

        I am not saying Hamilton is not a deserving piece of work, by all accounts it is but it is playing to a privileged audience that can afford 200-800 dollars a ticket and a demographic that is very liberal. Hollywood plays to very different demographics and is now more than ever playing to a global audience where most minority actors are not well known and don’t help the bottom dollar . Each is trying to create a hit and Hollywood, which is an extremely liberal industry, I doubt does this out of bigotry, it’s the bottom line . After all 12 years captured the big prize just a couple years before. Casting in Hollywood doesn’t rely on American demographics but global ones . If casting more minorities would bring in bigger boxoffice they would do it in a heartbeat just as they have starting casting Asian actors or using Asian locations to capture the Chinesse boxoffice .

        Not every movie or performance that takes on the minority experience even if it is a good movie may be up to the same level of other movies released that year. Nobody complained that 12 Years recieved awards and acclaim but two years later few nominations causes an outcry. Hamilton won most every nomination but when one of the few roles that went to a caucasian the best lead musical actress well the Tony went to the only black actress in that category. If the reverse had been true you can bet people would construe that in a negative light .

        Bottom line we have two very liberal industries neither which seems be particularly bigoted but don’t expect white producers to be guilted into telling your stories with their money . Jayden instead of bitching that Will didn’t get nominated how about getting him to invest his millions in Academy bait like 12 Years, whose total budget is about what white producers pay him to star in a blockbuster , instead of making Brad Pitt do the heavy lifting in backing that movie.

    • JoAnna says:

      The Hemsworth Brothers as Hamilton and Burr and Jennifer Lawrence and Amy Schumer as the Schuyler sisters.

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  9. jashnisik says:

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