TV viewers showed no love for Broadway Sunday night as the broadcast of the Tony Awards, aired by CBS, was the lowest-rated Tonys of all time, reports TVbytheNumbers.com.
The 66th Annual Tony Awards managed only a 1.0 average rating in the 18-49 demographic, according to Nielsen overnights, down from a 1.2 in the same demo last year. CBS wound up in last place in the demo among the five broadcast networks for prime time overall, but reflecting the older skew of the audience for the awards, CBS won the night in total viewers.
ABC was steady from last week with both "Secret Millionaire" and "Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition" getting the same 1.5 in the 18-49 demographic as the previous week.
NBC’s two-hour "Dateline" was up 20% from the 1.0 last week to a 1.2 in the 18-49 demo, while CBS’s "60 Minutes" was off three-tenths to a 1.1 in the same demo.
For the night, ABC took the win in the 18-49 demo with a 1.4 average rating, followed by NBC (1.3), Fox (1.2), Univision (1.1) and CBS (1.0). Total viewers saw CBS on top with 6.5 million, ahead of NBC with 5.3 million, ABC with 4.9 million, Univision with 3.0 million and Fox, which aired all repeats, with 2.7 million.