6:49am PT by Michael O'Connell
TV Ratings: 2018 Tonys Hold, Assisting Strong CBS Sunday
The Tonys staged a steady return to CBS on Sunday night, though ABC easily won the demo with big return for Celebrity Family Feud.
Early returns for the 2018 Broadway awards have it performing ever-so-slightly better from the previous year — one that suffered a steep drop from the absence of cultural phenomenon Hamilton.
The three-hour show, hosted by Sara Bareilles and Josh Groban, earned an overnight 4.8 rating among metered market households. That's virtually even with 2017, up an incremental 2 percent. Complete numbers were even more improved, with the show earning 6.3 million viewers and a 1.0 rating among adults 18-49. (The previous year's show fetched 6 million viewers and a 0.9 rating in the key demo.) The Tonys won't rank as the most-watched telecast of the night, however. That will go to CBS' neighbor 60 Minutes. The newsmagazine outpaced the awards by 25 percent with 7.4 million viewers.
ABC had demo bragging rights, however. The network was driven by a particularly strong return for Celebrity Family Feud. The game show was at a three-year high 1.7 rating among adults 18-49 and 7.4 million viewers. $100,000 Pyramid (1.2 adults) and To Tell the Truth (0.9 adults) were also lifted.
New episodes of Ghosted earned a 0.4 rating among adults 18-49 for Fox.