Tony Awards More Than Halve 2019's All-Time Low in Viewers
27th September 2021

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Tony Awards More Than Halve 2019’s All-Time Low in Viewers

2020 Tonys were canceled — 2021’s show was a sort of hybrid special

Sunday’s Tony Awards settled for 2.6 million total viewers on CBS. That is less than half of the 5.4 million viewers the show got in 2019 — an all-time low at the time.

Its 0.4 rating among adults 18-49 was precisely half of the two-years-ago show’s Nielsen number. All told, CBS settled for third place on broadcast last night.

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So we’ve clearly got a new all-time low, though it comes with a bit of an asterisk. The Tonys, which were canceled in 2020 due to COVID-19, were a hybrid special of sorts last night. The 2021 special was technically called “The Tony Awards Present: Broadway’s Back,” though trophies were handed out.

Find all the 2021 Tony winners here.

Last night’s celebration of musical theater aired from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. Beforehand, “Big Brother” drew a 0.9 rating among adults 18-49 and 4.1 million total viewers.

At 7 p.m., “60 Minutes” had a 0.8 rating and 7.1 million total viewers, though those numbers were impacted by NFL football and will be adjusted as needed tomorrow. The Tonys numbers will not change, however, as they’ve already been (slightly) adjusted for time zone differences.

Due to the nature of live sports, the below fast-national Nielsen ratings for Fox and NBC — especially NBC — should be considered subject to significant adjustment.

NBC was first in ratings with a 3.7 rating in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and in total viewers with an average of 13.3 million, according to preliminary numbers. 

Fox was second in ratings with a 1.6 and in viewers with 5.4 million. 

ABC was fourth in ratings with a 0.3 and in viewers with 2.7 million. 

The CW was fifth in ratings with a 0.1 and in viewers with 399,000.

More to come…