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Most-Watched ‘Tony Awards’ Telecast in 15 Years

Adult 18-49 and Adult 25-54 Demo Ratings Best Since 2003

The 70th Annual Tony Awards,” hosted by James Corden and featuring 11 wins for “Hamilton” (including Best Musical), rose to its largest audience since 2001. It averaged 8.73 million viewers from 8-11 p.m. ET, according to the fast nationals from Nielsen. Comparably, this is 35% above the 6.46 million viewers for the year-ago telecast (on June 7, 2015). Results among adults 18-49 (1.6 rating; up 60%) and adults 25-54 (2.0 rating; up 54%) were the highest since 2003.

The final 15-minutes of the telecast, which aired until 11:15 p.m. ET, are not included in these fast nationals. The Live + Same Day data will be released tomorrow morning.

“Hamilton” fell one Tony short of tying the record for the most wins in one night. That honor remains with musical “The Producers,” which took home 12 trophies in 2001.

What follows are the fast affiliate results for Sunday, June 12, 2016 broken out by network and by each half-hour:








Prime Averages
Network Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-49
8482 1.4/5
4955 1.5/5
4774 1.1/4
2109 0.9/3
1359 0.5/2
1315 0.3/1
1207 0.5/2



Sunday, June 12, 2016
7:00 PROGRAM Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-49
America’s Funniest Home Videos (r) 4038 0.7/3
60 Minutes 7656 0.8/3
Dateline: On Assignment 5561 1.2/5
Cooper Barrett’s Guide to Surviving Life 892 0.3/1
Copa America: Ecuador vs. Haiti 1947 0.8/4
Cine: Finding Nemo (2003) 869 0.3/1
MOVIE: Quantum of Solace (2008) 1008 0.2/1
7:30 PROGRAM Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-49
America’s Funniest Home Videos (r) 4463 0.9/4
60 Minutes 7806 0.9/4
Dateline: On Assignment 5549 1.2/5
Cooper Barrett’s Guide to Surviving Life 813 0.3/1
Copa America: Ecuador vs. Haiti 2014 0.8/3
Cine: Finding Nemo (2003) 1162 0.4/2
MOVIE: Quantum of Solace (2008) 1105 0.2/1
8:00 PROGRAM Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-49
America’s Funniest Home Videos (r) 4366 1.0/4
70th Tony Awards (s) 9377 1.6/6
NHL Stanley Cup Final Game 6: Pittsburgh at San Jose (s) 4131 1.2/5
The Simpsons (r) 1483 0.6/2
Copa America: Ecuador vs. Haiti 1936 0.8/3
La Voz Kids 1543 0.5/2
MOVIE: Quantum of Solace (2008) 1231 0.3/1
8:30 PROGRAM Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-49
America’s Funniest Home Videos (r) 4854 1.1/4
70th Tony Awards (s) 9130 1.6/5
NHL Stanley Cup Final Game 6: Pittsburgh at San Jose (s) 4675 1.5/5
Brooklyn Nine-Nine (r) 1261 0.5/2
Copa America: Brazil vs. Peru 1915 0.8/3
La Voz Kids 1819 0.6/2
MOVIE: Quantum of Solace (2008) 1290 0.3/1
9:00 PROGRAM Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-49
Celebrity Family Feud (r) 5044 1.2/4
70th Tony Awards (s) 8714 1.5/5
NHL Stanley Cup Final Game 6: Pittsburgh at San Jose (s) 4437 1.4/5
Family Guy (r) 1593 0.7/2
Copa America: Brazil vs. Peru 2231 0.9/3
La Voz Kids 1863 0.4/1
MOVIE: Skyfall (2012) 1489 0.3/1
9:30 PROGRAM Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-49
Celebrity Family Feud (r) 5099 1.2/4
70th Tony Awards (s) 8999 1.7/5
NHL Stanley Cup Final Game 6: Pittsburgh at San Jose (s) 4731 1.5/5
The Last Man on Earth (r) 1200 0.4/1
Copa America: Brazil vs. Peru 2177 0.9/3
La Voz Kids 1955 0.7/2
MOVIE: Skyfall (2012) 1523 0.3/1
10:00 PROGRAM Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-49
Massacre at the Nightclub: Terror in Orlando 5478 1.3/4
70th Tony Awards (s) 8380 1.5/5
NHL Stanley Cup Final Game 6: Pittsburgh at San Jose (s) 4828 1.6/5
Copa America: Brazil vs. Peru 2266 0.9/3
Ya Era Hora 1004 0.3/1
MOVIE: Skyfall (2012) 1475 0.3/1
10:30 PROGRAM Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-49
Massacre at the Nightclub: Terror in Orlando 4853 1.1/4
70th Tony Awards (s) 7792 1.4/5
NHL Stanley Cup Final Game 6: Pittsburgh at San Jose (s) 5727 2.0/7
Copa America: Brazil vs. Peru 2339 1.0/3
Ya Era Hora 654 0.2/1
MOVIE: Skyfall (2012) 1399 0.4/1

Source: Nielsen Media Research

Written by Marc Berman

Marc Berman

Marc Berman has been writing professionally since 1999 and is the author of the “Mr. Television” for Campaign US (www.campaignlive.com). Most recently, Berman was the creator and Editor-in-Chief of website and newsletter TV Media Insights for Cross MediaWorks. From 1999-2011, he was the Senior Editor for Mediaweek and has also written for The New York Daily News, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and Emmy Magazine, among others. Berman has also appeared on “Entertainment Tonight,” “Extra,” “Access Hollywood,” “Inside Edition,” “The CBS Evening News,” E!, CNN, CNBC, Fox News and MSNBC.

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  1. Congratulations to the city of Pittsburgh and the Pittsburgh Penguins and Sidney Crosby on winning their 4th Stanley Cup title.

    R.I.P. Christina Grimmie

  2. It’s amazing what happens when the most popular musical of the past 20 years is nominated for a bunch of awards.

  3. Looks like they do the same as the Oscars…if it is pretty much expected that one show is going to win the bulk of the awards, it pushes the ratings up.