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Tony Awards Hit Highest Overnight Rating in 15 Years

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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