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The two-hour special — primarily a celebration of Broadway’s return after 18 months of shuttered shows, due to the COVID-19 pandemic — averaged 2.75 million viewers Sunday night, per final same-day ratings from Nielsen (up from a preliminary 2.62 million).
The audience for Broadway’s Back was barely half that of the last Tony Awards in 2019 (5.4 million), though the comparison isn’t exactly like to like. The Tonys typically air in June, opposite far less competition than Sunday’s show faced — which included a tightly contested Sunday Night Football game on NBC and season premieres of series on ABC and Fox.
The bulk of the Tonys also streamed exclusively on Paramount+, with only the awards for best play, best revival of a play and best musical presented during the CBS special. Per usual with streaming platforms, viewer figures for the Paramount+ Tonys presentation (and its simulcast of Broadway’s Back) are being treated as a state secret.
Sunday Night Football dominated primetime with 19.69 million viewers and a 5.63 rating among adults 18-49 on NBC. With help from an NFL lead-in, the season premiere of The Simpsons on Fox became the only scripted broadcast show to top a 1.0 rating in the 18-49 demographic during premiere week; it drew a 1.18, along with 3.48 million viewers.
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Sept. 28, 8:30 a.m. Updated with final Sunday ratings.
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