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!