Tony Awards Deliver Largest Audience in 15 Years

Jun 13, 2016  •  Post A Comment

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.

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  1. Gee…I wonder if the diversity of nominations to people of color made a difference. I never watch the Tony Awards. Last night as a person of color I did.

  2. If you’d ever watched the Tonys before, you’d know that people of color get nominated all the time. One of the most awarded performers is Audra McDonald. The interest and high ratings had more to do with the high popularity of Hamilton. Every now and then a show just takes everything by storm. This just doesn’t happen every year.

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