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Tony Awards broadcast scores best ratings since 2009

Published on Jun 11, 2013 6:23 AM

NEW YORK (REUTERS) - Sunday's broadcast of the annual Tony Awards honouring Broadway's best productions and performers scored its best ratings since 2009, with viewership up 20 per cent over last year's show, CBS said on Monday.

The three-hour show hosted by Neil Patrick Harris and boasting appearances by big name stars such as Tom Hanks, Jake Gyllenhaal, Scarlett Johansson and Sally Field, came in second to game two of the NBA finals on ABC, according to preliminary Nielsen ratings for the night. The awards ceremony drew 7.2 million viewers.

American musical Kinky Boots, dominated the event, winning for best musical and a best score Tony for pop star Cyndi Lauper, in addition to four other awards, Harris, making his fourth appearance hosting the awards, again drew plaudits for a deft, lively, energetic and witty performance.

"He set the bar so high with his introductory flourish that fears of another familiar Tony malady haunted the rest of the CBS broadcast: the dreaded How Do We Top the Opening Number Disease," the New York Times said.

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