CBS’s broadcast Sunday night of “The 70th Annual Tony Awards” delivered the gala’s largest audience since 2001.
The network announced today that the broadcast delivered 8.73 million total viewers, surging 35% from last year’s 6.46 million, based on Nielsen fast nationals.
The ceremony was up 60% in the key 18-49 demo and up 54% in adults 25-54 over last year, the highest ratings for the telecast since 2003. Last night’s program delivered a 1.6 in 18-49, up from a 1.0 in 2015; and a 2.0 in 25-54, up from a 1.3.
The event was hosted by CBS late-night host James Corden and featured a high-profile production in “Hamilton,” which went into the ceremony with a record 16 Tony nominations.
The fast nationals measure only the portion of the ceremony that aired from 8-11 p.m., omitting the final 15 minutes.