Curtains: Tony Awards Settle for All-Time Low in Key Demo Ratings and Total Viewers

The adjustment is in, and it’s not a good one for CBS

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Nielsen numbers for the 73rd annual Tony Awards have adjusted down, officially settling into an all-time low in both TV ratings and among total viewers.

This year’s James Corden-hosted ceremony settled for a 0.8 rating in the key 18-49 demographic and had 5.404 million total viewers, per Nielsen. The previous lows for the Tonys came in 2012 when the show had a 0.9 rating among adults 18-49 and 6.011 million total viewers.

Sunday’s special faced some significant competition, going up against Game 6 of the NHL Stanley Cup Finals on NBC. The hockey game adjusted in the opposite direction of the Tonys, ending up with a 2.0 rating and 6.5 million viewers.

New musical “Hadestown” earned eight wins on Sunday, including for director Rachel Chavkin, composer Anaïs Mitchell and featured actor André De Shields. Jez Butterworth’s Irish-set drama “The Ferryman” took home four awards, including Best Play as well as one for director Sam Mendes.

Some more highlights: “Glee” alum Ali Stroker made history as the first actor in a wheelchair to win the Tony Award, for her turn as Ado Annie in the Best Musical Revival winner “Oklahoma!” At 87, Elaine May won her first acting Tony for her lead performance in the Kenneth Lonergan revival “The Waverly Gallery,” while Bryan Cranston pulled off an upset for his role as newscaster Howard Beale in “Network.”

Find Sunday’s full list of winners and nominees here.

The Tony Awards have been on CBS since 1978. CBS holds the rights to the best of Broadway special through 2026.