Guess This Year's 'Tony Awards' Viewership (Poll) + Ratings History

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June 10th, 2011

Like most awards shows, the Tony Awards TV ratings are past their prime, but seem to have settled into an average viewership range between six and eight million viewers over the past decade.
Don't ask me to even hazard a guess as to what may have caused any recent year to year fluctuations, or what might happen this year, I'm even more clueless about the live theatre than most things.

We'll have the 2011 Tony Awards ratings posted as soon as we see them on Monday, but until then, give us a guess for this year's viewership:

Update: The preliminary viewership for the Tony Awards was 6.921 million. Our polled readers were on target.

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Tony Awards TV Ratings 1967-2010:

Household Number of Number of
Day Date Telecast Time Net Rating Share Homes Viewers
SUN 6/13/2010* 8:00PM-11:03PM CBS 4.4 8 5,113,000 6,984,000
SUN 6/07/2009* 8:00PM-11:05PM CBS 4.8 8 5,532,000 7,417,000
SUN 6/15/2008* 8:00PM-11:02PM CBS 4.4 8 4,958,000 6,268,000
SUN 6/10/2007* 8:00PM-11:01PM CBS 4.2 7 4,613,000 5,704,000
SUN 6/11/2006* 8:00PM-11:00PM CBS 5.2 9 5,722,000 7,716,000
SUN 6/5/05 8:00PM-11:00PM CBS 4.5 8 4,944,000 6,503,000
SUN 6/6/04 8:00PM-11:00PM CBS 4.6 8 4,975,000 6,464,000
SUN 6/8/03 8:00PM-11:00PM CBS 5.4 9 5,771,000 7,859,000
SUN 6/2/02 9:00PM-11:00PM CBS 5.6 9 5,900,000 7,983,000
SUN 6/3/01 9:00PM-11:00PM CBS 6.3 10 6,467,000 8,935,000
SUN 6/4/00 9:00PM-11:00PM CBS 6.2 10 6,221,000 8,504,000
SUN 6/6/99 9.00PM-11:00PM CBS 7.0 12 6,911,000 9,155,000
SUN 6/7/98 9.00PM-11:00PM CBS 8.4 14 8,232,000 11,748,000
SUN 6/1/97 9.00PM-11:01PM CBS 9.6 16 9,267,000 12,967,000
SUN 6/2/96 9.00PM-11.02PM CBS 6.5 11 6,273,000 8,750,000
SUN 6/4/95 9.00PM-11.00PM CBS 7.7 14 7,346,000 10,226,000
SUN 6/12/94 9.00PM-11.06PM CBS 7.7 14 7,253,000 10,475,000
SUN 6/6/93 9.00PM-11.05PM CBS 8.7 15 8,100,000 11,118,000
SUN 5/31/92 9.00PM-11.08PM CBS 8.9 16 8,197,000 11,721,000
SUN 6/2/91 9.00PM-11.20PM CBS 8.9 16 8,290,000 12,227,750
SUN 6/3/90 9.00PM-11.22PM CBS 7.6 13 7,000,000 10,120,000
SUN 6/4/89 9.00PM-11.19PM CBS 9.3 16 8,410,000 12,329,060
SUN 6/5/88 9.00PM-11.21PM CBS 9.5 17 8,420,000 12,099,540
SUN 6/7/87 9.00PM-11.37PM CBS 11.9 23 10,400,000
SUN 6/1/86 9.00PM-11.22PM CBS 12.6 22 10,820,000
SUN 6/2/85 9.00PM-11.28PM CBS 11.9 21 10,100,000
SUN 6/3/84 9.00PM-11.22PM CBS 12.3 21 10,310,000
SUN 6/5/83 9.00PM-11.27PM CBS 13.2 23 11,000,000
SUN 6/6/82 9.00PM-11.13PM CBS 15.7 27 12,800,000
SUN 6/7/81 9.00PM-11.26PM CBS 14.4 25 11,200,000
SUN 6/8/80 9.30PM-11.24PM CBS 18.2 32 13,890,000
SUN 6/3/79 9.30PM-11.15PM CBS 18.1 32 13,480,000
SUN 6/4/78 9.30PM-11.10PM CBS 15.0 27 10,940,000
SUN 6/5/77 9.00PM-11.38PM ABC 11.3 24 8,050,000
SUN 4/18/76 9.00PM-11.35PM ABC 12.6 25 8,770,000 16,066,640
SUN 4/20/75 8.30PM-10.30PM ABC 15.1 24 10,340,000 17,939,900
SUN 4/21/74 9.00PM-12.00AM ABC 17.8 34 11,780,000 20,026,000
SUN 3/25/73 9:00PM-11:16PM ABC 14.9 25 9,660,000
4/23/72 Not Available ABC
SUN 3/28/71 9:00PM- 11:20PM ABC 19.3 33 11,600,000
SUN 4/19/70 10:00PM- 11:45PM NBC 19.6 41 11,470,000
SUN 4/20/69 10:00PM-12:10AM NBC 14.1 34 8,040,000
4/24/68 Not Available NBC
SUN 3/26/67 9:30PM- 10:40PM ABC 15.4 27.9 8,450,000

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Notes: 1967 was first nationally telecast Tony Award ceremony. The ceremonies were broadcast over WOR radio and the Mutual network.
In 1956 the ceremony was first televised on DuMont's Channel 5.

Source: NTI Pocketpieces, Nielsen Audience Composition Reports and Nielsen Galaxy Explorer

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