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Tony Awards: 'Billy Elliot,' Neil Patrick Harris fuel TV ratings

June 8, 2009 | 12:59 pm

Billy Elliot

Was it host Neil Patrick Harris' youth appeal and cheeky double-entendres, a star lineup including stage veterans Jane Fonda, Angela Lansbury and Liza Minnelli, or all that dancing with the new young stars in the form of "Billy Elliot," the musical based on the movie about a working-class kid with ballet aspirations that walked -- excuse us, pirouetted -- away with 10 Tonys at Sunday's 63rd Annual Tony Awards?

Whatever the reason, 7.4 million Broadway fans watched Sunday's awards broadcast on CBS, up 17% over last year's show. Our colleague Scott Collins -- who possesses far better math skills than Culture Monster -- examines the numbers on our TV blog Show Tracker.

-- Diane Haithman

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Photo:  Trent Kowalik performs with the cast of 'Billy Elliot' onstage during the 63rd Annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 7 in New York City.  Credit: Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images