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Tony Awards Ratings Nothing to Sing About

by Chris Jordan, posted Jun 14th 2010 1:23PM
The Tony Awards' song and dance routine was not a big TV ratings hit Sunday night.

The 64th annual show, which salutes of the best on Broadway for the past year, drew only 7 million viewers for CBS, which included a weak 1.2 preliminary rating among adults 18-49. The numbers were down 8 percent from last year, according to a report from the Live Feed.

The Tonys recent TV history include a poor showing in 2008, with a 1.1 rating.

This year's broadcast, hosted by Sean Hayes, featured big wins by 'Memphis,' a musical that tells the story of a white DJ crossing over to play the African-American dominated R&B in the 1950s, and 'Red,' a portrayal of artist Mark Rothko starring Alfred Molina. Denzel Washington, Scarlett Johansson, cast members from TV's 'Glee' and punk rockers Green Day, whose 'American Idiot' is now playing, also made it to the broadcast.

The Tonys numbers were not helped by Game 5 of the Los Angeles Lakers and Boston Celtics NBA finals, which drew a 12.8 overnight household rating. That number was the best for an NBA finals Game 5 since 2004.

The ratings for two notable cable shows on Sunday night, HBO's 'True Blood' and the finale of AMC's 'Breaking Bad,' are forthcoming.

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Richard Ott

A verse in KRS One's "MC's Act Like They Don't Know"
begins: "If you don't know me by now, I doubt you'll
ever know me. I never won a Grammy, I won't win a
Tony." Now that Jay Z has won 3 Tony Awards, will he
eventually do an answer song to his 1995 smash hit?

June 14 2010 at 10:53 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Every year there is the requisite discussion about the Tony's ratings not being good. But, considering what percentage of the population is familiar with even one of the nominees for play or musical, I'm always surprised they are as high as they are.

June 14 2010 at 7:12 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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