Tony Awards Sink to 17-Year Low
June 16, 2008 12:15 PM
CBS’ presentation of the Tony Awards hit a sour note and sank to at least a 17-year low last night, while Game Five of the NBA Finals handily led ABC to a nightly win.
“The 62 Annual Tony Awards” posted a 1.1 rating/3 share in the 18- to 49-year-old demographic, according to preliminary Nielsen research, the lowest score for the awards since at least 1991. Year-to-year, the Tony Awards were up 5% in total households. CBS (1.1/3) finished fourth Sunday.
ABC (4.3/13) dominated the night with Game Five of the NBA Finals between the Boston Celtics and the Los Angeles Lakers, pulling a tentative 5.5/15. That’s on par with Game Two the previous Sunday, but the game could see a big bounce in ratings once national ratings return.
NBC (2.9/9) brought in a nice ratings take with the final round of golf’s U.S. Open, posting a 3.9/13. Against last year, the Open is up 63%, but the 2007 event started earlier in the afternoon.
Fox (1.6/5) and The CW (0.4/1) aired repeats.
As for Friday and Saturday, original programming was in short supply.
The CW and ABC tied for first Friday with a 1.3/5, thanks to The CW’s “Friday Night Smackdown!” (1.3/5) and ABC’s “20/20” (1.6/5), which led the night.
CBS took third (1.2/5), NBC scored fourth (1.1/4) and Fox (0.9/3) brought up the rear.
Fox (1.7/7) captured Saturday with its police shows. NBC (1.4/5) nabbed second with the third round of the U.S. Open (1.5/6), while ABC (1.2/5) placed third and CBS (1.0/4) ended fourth.