The Tony Awards dropped in the ratings since last year, with the top reasons being “Neil Patrick Harris not hosting” and “Woman, the NBA Finals are on!”
Sunday night’s 64th Annual Tony Awards on CBS sank in the ratings, breaking a streak of major awards presentations improving on broadcast this year. The Tony’s drew 7 million viewers and a slender 1.2 preliminary rating among adults 18-49, down 8% from last year. Still, that’s not as weak as 2008, which managed to draw a 1.1 rating.
The telecast ran against ABC’s presentation of Game 5 of the NBA Finals, which was up 36% this year. The LA Lakers at Boston Celtics match drew a 12.8 overnight household rating — the highest of the series so far and marking the top-rated NBA Finals Game 5 since 2004. [THR]
Also siphoning viewers from the Tonys were the season premiere of “True Blood,” the season finale of “Breaking Bad,” and widespread heterosexuality.
Below, I’ve got a couple clips of Kristen Chenoweth with host Sean Hayes, the first of which was a makeout session directed at the Newsweek editorial that claimed Hayes couldn’t play a straight man. I think the evidence is inconclusive. This experiment needs a control group. That’s why I’m volunteering to be filmed making out with Kristen Chenoweth. Strictly for scientific purposes, of course. My boner will get to the bottom of this!