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CBS sees slight drop in overall Tony Awards viewers

June 13, 2011 | 12:46 pm


The 65th annual Tony Awards on CBS drew 6.9 million viewers on Sunday, according to preliminary Nielsen figures, down slightly from the 7 million viewers reported last year. But the Tonys saw a 9% jump in viewers in the 18 to 49 age group.

The Tonys faced tough competition for viewers on Sunday in the form of ABC's broadcast of Game 6 of the NBA Finals, in which the Dallas Mavericks beat the Miami Heat for the championship. Viewership figures for the basketball game were not immediately available Monday, but it is expected to have been the most-viewed broadcast Sunday night.

Neil Patrick Harris hosted the Tonys telecast and "The Book of Mormon" won nine awards, including best musical.

Last year's Tony Awards, hosted by Sean Hayes, saw a year-over-year drop in viewers from approximately 7.4 million to 7 million.



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Top photo: Neil Patrick Harris hosting the Tony Awards on Sunday in New York. Credit: Andrew H. Walker / Getty Images

Bottom photo credit: American Theatre Wing