Sunday's broadcast of Broadway's biggest night brought in just 6 million television viewers, according to preliminary figures from Nielsen. That's down from 6.9 million viewers in 2011. Last year's telecast was hurt by the NBA finals, but Sunday's ceremony didn't face any such competition for viewers.
The Associated Press reported that Sunday's telecast was the second-lowest-viewed Tony Awards since 1988. The ceremony was broadcast from The
The Tony Awards has seen its ratings fall steadily in recent seasons. Last year's 6.9 million viewers was down from 7 million in 2010. That figure was down from 7.4 million viewers in 2009.
To put the numbers in perspective, the
CBS tried this year to stoke viewer interest by including performances from last year's big winner,
Next stop, PBS?