The CBS live broadcast of the 2019 Tony Awards was up against a few major television events on June 9—including NBC's coverage of the Stanley Cup Final and HBO's Big Little Lies season premiere—which led to a dip in ratings compared to last year's ceremony.
Deadline reports that early numbers indicate the James Corden-hosted ceremony earned a 4.3/8 in the metered market (i.e. approximately 4.3 percent of households with a TV tuned in to the broadcast). This number is down from last year’s 4.8 result (which was up marginally from the year prior, at 4.7). By comparison, two years prior—the season of Hamilton—garnered a 6.8.
The drop marked the first time total viewership dipped below 6 million, with an estimated 5.5 million tuning in according to Nielsen overnight figures. Check back for updates and additional details about the ratings and viewership of the 2019 Tony Awards.
Last night was undoubtedly a win for many of the shows present at Radio City, including Hadestown, which led the pack with eight total wins including Best Musical. This year's Best Play winner, The Ferryman, trailed with four wins.
Beyond the two big winners, the 73rd annual ceremony saw a fair distribution of awards, with 10 other shows taking home trophies (four productions, The Cher Show, Tootsie, Ink, and Oklahoma!, won two awards each).