Broadway lullaby: Tony Awards ratings disaster


If Broadway doesn’t know how to put on a show, who does? The theater community pulled out all the stops last night, returning dynamic Neil Patrick Harris to host and showering the hip musical Once with eight trophies.

And in the end, the 66th Annual Tony Awards delivered its lowest ratings ever. The ceremony was watched by an average of 6 million viewers. That’s nearly 1 million less than last year when it was up against an NBA Finals game.

It delivered a 1.0 rating in the 18-49 year-old demographic, a precipitous drop of 17% from last year A repeat of Family Guy fared better on Fox. Last night now outranks 2008 (6.3 million viewers, 1.1 rating) as the low point for the Great White Way’s Big Night.

Since you clearly didn’t bother to watch it, you Barbarians, here is the opening number using the cast of Book of Mormon (a rather miselading choice since the play was not eligible).




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