UPDATE, 8:42 AM: Broadway blockbuster Hamilton took home an armful of awards on Sunday but the Tony Awards (1.6/5) themselves were the big winners last night. Among adults 18-49, the James Corden hosted 70th annual ceremony was up 60% from 2015 in fast affiliates vs. final numbers. Not facing an NBA Finals game, as they did last year, the Tonys hit their best demo result since 2003.
In total viewership, the Tony Awards pulled in an audience of 8.78 million last night from 8 – 11 PM ET – the best the show has done in 15-years and a 36% increase over 2015. Final numbers are expected later today.
The other big show of the night was the Stanley Cup Final with the Pittsburgh Penguins taking home their fourth championship. The Game 6 match-up scored a 1.5/5 rating in the 18-49s. While the best the series has done this year and likely to adjust later, that’s down 46% from the winning Game 6 of June 15 last year that saw the Chicago Blackhawks take the Tampa Bay Lightning to snare their sixth Stanley Cup. A Dateline: On Assignment (1.2/5) helped NBC win the night in the demo in early numbers with a 1.5 rating overall. With an original 60 Minutes (0.8/3) CBS was second with a 1.4/5 but tops viewershipwise with 8.48 million.
FOX was all repeats except a new Cooper Barrett’s Guide to Surviving Life (0.3/1) at 7 PM. ABC had an ABC News Special (1.2/4) at 10 PM focused on the mass shooting in Orlando.
PREVIOUSLY, 7:01 AM: On a tragic day in America after the mass shooting in Orlando, the Tony Awards saw a lot of wins for Hamilton last night on CBS and a Stanley Cup Finals victory for the Pittsburgh Penguins on NBC.
For the James Corden hosted 70th annual Tony Awards, the 11 wins for the Lin-Manuel Miranda created musical about America’s first Secretary of the Treasury and the Best Play win for The Humans were capped in the ratings with a big-ticket surge over last year. With a 6.8/11 rating in metered markets, last night’s 8 – 11:15 PM ET celebration of Broadway was up 33% over 2015 to hit a 15-year high.
Up against the tideway of the Game 2 of the NBA Finals on June 7, 2015, last year’s Tonys went on to earn a 1.0/3 rating among adults 18-49 and 6.46 million total viewers – a double digit decline from 2014. We will of course update with more Tony Awards numbers today as we get them.
There was no basketball facing the Tony Awards this year but there was some high stakes hockey on NBC. In the deciding Game 6 of the 2016 Stanley Cup Finals, the Penguins beat the San Jose Sharks 3-1 to claim their fourth championship trophy. The match-up scored 3.7 in MM ratings for NBC. That’s up 3% from Game 5’s MM results on June 9.
Like this year, last year’s Stanley Cup battle also went to a Game 6 with the Chicago Blackhawks beating the Tampa Bay Lightning and snagging their sixth championship ever. Last night’s game was down 33% from the June 15, 2015 Blackhawks win – which faced neither the Tonys nor the NBA Finals. That Game 6 went on get a 2.8/10 in the key demo and an overall audience of 8 million. As with the Tonys, we’ll update with Stanley Cup numbers later too. However, right now, the Top 5 markets in MM results for last night’s Game 6 were Pittsburgh (35.1),San Jose (9.2), Buffalo (8.6), Minn/StPaul (6.2), and St. Louis (5.8).
With the exception of a special examining the shooting in Orlando, ABC was all encores on Sunday, as was Fox.