Ratings: Tony Awards Inches Up (Watch NPH's Recap Rap Here!), NBA Finals Goes Out Big

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CBS’ broadcast of the 65th annual Tony Awards — awesomely hosted by Neil Patrick Harris — veritably matched last year’s audience of 7 million total viewers while drawing a 1.2 demo rating (up 6 percent). That is not too shabby, considering that the award show’s annual competition, the NBA Finals, commanded a 50-percent larger audience than it did a year ago.

Watch NPH’s closing “rap” of the evening’s events here:

All told, ABC’s presentation of the NBA Finals’ deciding Game 6 averaged 21.1 million viewers and an 8.6 demo rating, up 17 and 21 percent from last season’s Game 6.

And… that’s all I’ve got for now.

Comments (14)

  • GO MAVS!

    Comment by Nicotine – June 13, 2011 10:04 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • NPH was excellent. I just wish I had planned for an overrun, as I missed his Rap. I was a little put off by Chris Rock presenting the big award until I read this morning that he re-evaluated his stance on Tracy Morgan.

    Comment by John Berggren – June 13, 2011 10:09 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • That rap was the awesomesauce.

    Comment by SnazzyO – June 13, 2011 10:55 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • nph and hugh jackman should host the next oscat
    r together!! they are awesome!

    Comment by amanda – June 13, 2011 11:03 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • And that’s why he get asked to host these shindigs!

    Comment by Mikos – June 13, 2011 01:49 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Yay Lin-Manuel Miranda for writing that on the fly!

    Comment by Katie – June 13, 2011 03:05 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I hate that ya never out how much ratings, cable shows like Army Wives did.

    Comment by fernando – June 13, 2011 03:55 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Yeah, NPH was definitely awesome (like he is in everything he does!) The closing rap was great, but so was the opening number (It’s not just for gays) as well as the host-off with Hugh Jackman. Definitely agree with Amanda, the two of them together hosting the Oscar’s would definitely make it must watch TV!!

    Comment by Swisskev78 – June 13, 2011 04:12 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Loved, loved, loved this years show. NPH is incredibly talented and funny!!

    Comment by Nancy – June 13, 2011 04:14 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I don’t speak english very well… so I didn’t understand NPH’s joke: “Ironically, that entire horse is held together by glue”… and all the audience was laughing!!
    Anyone coul help me?

    Comment by urkidian – June 14, 2011 06:29 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Though it’s not true nowadays, horses used to be turned into glue (the connective tissue in the hooves, bones, tendons, ligaments and cartilage) when a horse was past its prime and of no further use. So people would joke that if a horse didn’t win the race it was off to the glue factory (or dog food factory as that was another use). So as this horse was a puppet and possibly held together w/ glue in its construction, this irony was the joke.

      Hope that helped.

      Comment by Anissa – June 15, 2011 08:45 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Loved the show … NPH is awesome… Hugh Jackman is also great. The Tony’s are my favorite award show. You can even see the photos of the memorials .. not like the Oscars. GO NPH!!

    Comment by JAO – June 14, 2011 11:18 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Rap music? Really? Rap is not even music. It was an undignified way to end an award show celebrating Broadway. Do rap concerts end with “Hello Dolly?” I expect more from NPH and Broadway than the crap known as rap.

    Comment by paul – June 15, 2011 11:09 AM PDT  Reply To This Post

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