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Tony Awards Tony Awards Ratings: Numbers Up for 76th Annual Ceremony on CBS

The Pluto TV livestream, which aired prior to the CBS telecast, also broke records for the free platform.

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The 76th Annual Tony Awards—broadcast June 11 on CBS and on demand on Paramount+—were seen by 4.3 million viewers, up 10 percent in viewership from the previous year.

The two-part Tony ceremony, celebrating the 2022-2023 Broadway season, kicked off at 7 PM with The Tony Awards: Act One, hosted by Skylar Astin and Julianne Hough on Pluto TV. The 76th Annual Tony Awards— again hosted by Oscar winner Ariana DeBose—followed at 8 PM ET on CBS. Due to the ongoing Writers Guild of America Strike, the ceremony, held for the first time at the United Palace in Washington Heights, was completely unscripted.

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Variety also reports that the 2023 Tony Awards had a 13 percent increase in streaming viewers, making it the most live-streamed ceremony to date. The Act One portion also broke records for Pluto TV, becoming the most-watched live event in the history of the platform, which debuted in 2013.

By comparison, the 75th annual ceremony—broadcast June 12, 2022, also on CBS after a Paramount+ event—was seen by only 3.9 million viewers. The 74th Annual Tony ceremony was viewed by 2.77 million viewers with a 0.4 rating among adults in the 18-49 demographic. The pre-pandemic 73rd Annual Tony Awards telecast in 2019 drew 5.5 million viewers with a 0.8 rating.

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