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.
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.