According to Zap2it, the Tony Awards pulled in a 4.5 rating/8 share in its first hour, 4.2/7 the second and 3.8/7 in its last. A single ratings point represents roughly 1.102 million households; a share shows the percentage of televisions being used at the time.
Bolstered by the 7 PM airing of "60 Minutes" — which took first place with 6.1/12 — the network averaged a 4.7/8 share for the night. Not factored into the numbers are the cable viewers who tuned in to the finale of "The Sopranos" on HBO. (Those numbers will be available later in the week.)
The first hour of the 2007 Tony Awards placed behind the second hour of NBC's "Dateline," with 5.9/11. ABC's coverage of Game 2 of the NBA Finals (5.0/9) then assumed the lead at 9 PM (but the Tonys remained in second). At 10 PM, the awards telecast dropped to third behind ABC and NBC's "Law & Order: SVU."
Last year, the broadcast was viewed by 7.79 million, up 1.29 million from the previous year's 6.5 million. This year's viewership, according to Variety, is a ratings low for the Tonys.
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."