Sunday, August 19, 2012

TV Ratings: Neil Patrick Harris-Hosted Tony Awards Drops From 2011 - Hollywood Reporter

Tony Awards Neil Patrick Harris Host - H 2012

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Theater took a front seat Sunday night with the 66th annual Tony Awards, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris for the third time. Though broadcast competition on the night mainly consisted of newsmagazines and unscripted shows, the ceremony still dropped in the ratings, according to fast nationals.

The three-hour telecast averaged 6 million total viewers, down nearly 1 million viewers from the 6.9 million who watched in 2011 when the Tonys went up against the NBA Finals, and posted a 1.0 in the ad-coveted 18-49 demo, a 17 percent dip from its previous effort.

Here's the hour-to-hour breakdown for the Tonys: 8 p.m. (6.6 million, 1.2), 9 p.m. (6 million, 1.0), 10 p.m. (5.5 million, 0.9).

Dominated by the musical Once, which took home eight awards, the Tonys didn't do much to boost CBS' stock; the network placed fourth in 18-49 but was No. 1 among average viewers in primetime. The Tonys lead-in 60 Minutes (7.9 million, 1.1) tied for first at 7 p.m. with a repeat of ABC's America's Funniest Home Videos (4.9 million, 1.1).

ABC won the night with motivational reality programming. Secret Millionaire (5.4 million, 1.5) and a two-hour Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition (4.6 million, 1.5) edged out the competition in their respective time slots, with the latter gaining viewers and rising in the demo for the last hour. ABC posted a 1.4, to top nearest competitor NBC (1.3), which placed second on the evening.

NBC touts that Dateline (5.5 million, 1.2) posted its highest demo rating since late April and its biggest audience since late March. Compared to the previous week, the newsmagazine is up 20 percent (or 0.2). A repeat of America's Got Talent followed.

Fox placed third with a full night of reruns of its animated block.

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