Saturday, May 18, 2024

Tony Awards Ratings Zoom Up 47% from 2021 Show, Win the Night, Trounce Time 100 Special


The 2022 Tony Awards on CBS were a ratings hit. Total viewers were 4.2 million, up significantly — 47 % — from the 2021’s number of 2.6 million. They were also back in the range of pre-pandemic Tony’s of recent years.

The Tony’s also won the night for entertainment shows, and were second only to “60 Minutes,” which preceded them on CBS. Nothing else on TV came close.

Indeed, the competing “Time 100” special on ABC fetched only 1.5 million fans.

Ariana deBose proved to be an excellent host, with fans on social media singing her praises and saying she should host all awards shows. It’s possible she’ll get a syndicated talk show deal she was so terrific. What a showcase for her talents!

All the performance were memorable, too. Even though Hugh Jackman probably performed with COVID (he tested positive right after) he was on the money. The biggest winners for the night were probably “Six” and “MJ.” We’ll see in another day if any of the shows got a bump in ticket sales.

So Broadway is back, and it’s about time!

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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