Tony Awards Ratings: Numbers Are Down for 74th Annual Ceremony

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CBS saw a dramatic dip in the ratings with its September 26 broadcast of the annual ceremony.
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CBS' Broadway's Back! concert, the second half of the 74th Annual Tony Awards evening that began on Paramount+, was up against a few major events September 26—including NBC's Sunday Night Football (the Green Bay Packers took on the San Francisco 49ers) and Fox's season premiere of The Simpsons—which led to a major dip in the ratings compared to the 73rd annual ceremony.

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Deadline reports that total viewership for the two-hour celebration—hosted by Hamilton Tony winner Leslie Odom, Jr.—was 2.62 million viewers, down over 50 percent from the June 2019 ceremony, which was seen by 5.4 million viewers (already a record low, until now).

Tops for the evening was NBC's football coverage, which drew a 3.8 rating in the 18-49 demo and 13.6 million viewers. The 33rd season premiere of The Simpsons, which was second for the night, had a 1.1 rating in the same demo and was seen by 3.33 million viewers.

Last night was still undoubtedly a win for many of the shows present at Broadway's Winter Garden, including Moulin Rouge! The Musical, which led the pack with 10 total Tony Awards, including Best Musical.

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Other shows that fared particularly well at the 74th annual ceremony included The Inheritance, A Christmas Carol, and A Soldier's Play.

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