The Tony Awards are coming back to CBS.
The eye network announced on Monday that it has signed a deal to broadcast Broadway’s biggest night through a new three-year agreement that extends through 2013. The awards show has been a CBS staple since 1978.
Though hardly a ratings smash, the awards show did receive two 2010 Emmy nominations for outstanding special class programs and outstanding writing for a variety, music or comedy special.
Bucking a trend in awards shows which have showed modest ratings improvements, numbers for last year’s show hosted by Sean Hayes slipped 8 percent. The Tony's drew 7 million viewers and a 1.2 rating among the key 18-49 demo.
"For more than three decades, The Tony Awards has been an annual CBS showcase and a big part of our ongoing commitment to support the performing arts on television," said Jack Sussman, CBS' executive vice president, specials, music and live events, said in a statement. "We look forward to continuing this great partnership and bringing the best of Broadway to our viewers for many years to come."