Sports Beats Songs: 2008 Tony Awards Bested by Basketball and Golf in Sunday Ratings

News   Sports Beats Songs: 2008 Tony Awards Bested by Basketball and Golf in Sunday Ratings The 2008 Tony Award telecast was no competition for basketball, according to fast overnight ratings. Broadway's big night placed second during its final two hours.

The 62nd Annual Tony Awards pulled in a 4.2 rating/8 share in its first hour, 4.7/8 in its second and a 4.1/7 for the final hour, according to Zap2it. A single ratings point represents roughly 1.128 million households; a share shows the percentage of televisions being used at the time.

(Last year's numbers were 4.5/8 - first hour, 4.2/7 - second hour, and 3.8/7 - last.)

The first hour of the 2008 Tony Awards placed behind NBC's coverage of the U.S. Open golf tournament (9.0/17) and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live: Game Night" (4.6/9) and NBA Finals pre-show (5.5/10).

ABC's coverage of Game 5 of the NBA Finals (7.8/13) then assumed the lead at 9 PM (the Tonys placed second). At 10 PM, the awards telecast remained in second behind ABC's airing of the Lakers-Boston Celtics game (8.1/14).

Variety reports the show brought in 6.2 million viewers overall from 8 to 11 PM. Last year, the broadcast was similarly viewed by 6.2 million, down from the previous year's 7.79 million and the year before at 6.5 million. For comparison, CBS's airing of "Million Dollar Password" the previous Sunday at 8 PM pulled in a 6.8/12.

Zap2it ratings are "taken from fast national data, which includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are preliminary and subject to change, especially in the case of live telecasts."