June 13, 2011 9:27am PT by Philiana Ng
TV Ratings: Tony Awards Improves, NBA Finals Dominates Sunday
It was all about the theater -- and basketball -- on Sunday night.
CBS' telecast of the 65th Annual Tony Awards (6.9 million total viewers, 1.2 rating in the adults 18-49 demographic), hosted by How I Met Your Mother star Neil Patrick Harris, improved 9 percent compared to last year's Sean Hayes-hosted program. In the 25-54 demo, the Tonys were steady from the previous year.
The Tonys were dominated by The Book of Mormon, which won nine out of 14 awards it was nominated for including best musical, and War Horse, which Steven Spielberg is adapting for the big screen.
On the other end of the spectrum was Game 6 of the NBA Finals between the Dallas Mavericks and Miami Heat on ABC. (The Mavericks were named NBA Champions.) Though final numbers will come in later, it looks as if ABC's telecast -- which rose drastically from last year's comparable game -- topped the night in the adult demo.
CBS' 60 Minutes (9.2 million, 1.1) aired at 7 p.m., along with NBC's Dateline (3.8 million, 0.8).