Hamilton-Buoyed Tony Awards Deliver Largest Audience in 15 Years

Undoubtedly boosted by the prospect of “Free Hamilton performances!” but also offering a tonic at the close of an emotionally brutal day, CBS’ broadcast of the 70th annual Tony Awards on Sunday notched the ceremony’s best numbers in more than a decade.

Sunday’s telecast delivered 8.7 million total viewers and a 1.6 demo rating, up 35 and 60 percent from last year to mark 15- and 13-year highs. TVLine readers gave the gala an average grade of “A”, with host James Corden’s opening number earning no less than an “A+.”

Elsewhere on Sunday, NBC’s coverage of the Stanley Cup Finals Game 6 (4.8 mil/1.6) was up two tenths from the fast nationals for Game 5, while Fox’s Cooper Barrett’s Guide to Surviving Life returned to 850,000 viewers and a 0.3 rating, down from its eternity-ago previous outing.