Notch yet another win for Hamilton. Heightened interest in the show among the general public helped power the 2016 Tony Awards broadcast— June 12 on CBS—to its highest viewership since 2001.
Total viewership was pegged at 8.73 million, according to tvbythenumbers.
Early reports put viewership up 33 percent from last year, according to ProgrammingInsider.com, which tracks all TV ratings on a daily basis. The Tony Awards won all six half-hour timeslots. Later numbers put the jump at 60 percent from 2015 in the 18-to-49 demographic.
Helping the figure was the lack of serious competition, other than the Stanley Cup Finals on NBC. It nearly doubled ABC's coverage of the terror shootings in Orlando, FL.
The report is based on overnight results, which may be amended in the next 24-48 hours.
Overall for the evening, CBS handily beat the competing networks with a 6.6 rating and an 11 share, most of which came from the Tonys. Comparative ratings for the evening: CBS: 6.6 rating/11 share, NBC: 3.7/ 7, ABC: 3.1/ 5, Fox: 0.8/1.