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Rankings for the Tony Awards Rebounded, but Remained Low

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The Tonys bounced back.

The seventy fifth Tony Awards drew an audience of three.9 million viewers on CBS on Sunday night, about one million viewers greater than last yr’s ceremony, based on Nielsen.

The rankings comeback follows a monthslong trend where award shows, not less than for now, have been rebounding from record lows. This yr’s Oscars drew 16 million viewers, up from last yr’s low of 10 million viewers. And the Grammys had a small rankings bump to over 9 million viewers this yr.

Even with the rebound, Sunday’s rankings performance was still significantly lower than the 5.4 million viewers that tuned in for the 2019 Tonys. This yr marks the second-lowest viewership total since records have been kept.

The Tonys likely benefited from a return to its traditional June time slot, when viewers are accustomed to watching the show. There was also significantly less competition on Sunday night, with most of the published networks airing repeats. Last yr, the delayed Tonys ceremony aired in September and needed to go head-to-head against a prime-time Green Bay Packers and San Francisco 49ers nail biter.

Sunday’s Tonys broadcast, which was hosted by Ariana DeBose, was a likelihood for Broadway to placed on a show for tens of millions at a moment when ticket sales are still significantly down from before the pandemic.

Latest York was the very best rated market within the country, with San Francisco and West Palm Beach right behind it, based on Nielsen.

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