Tony Awards not a hit with TV viewers in US, suffering more than 30% drop

Stephen Colbert and host Kevin Spacey.
Stephen Colbert and host Kevin Spacey. PHOTO: REUTERS

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Some six million Americans watched the Tony Awards on television on Sunday, down sharply from last year's televised ceremony when pop culture juggernaut Hamilton dominated the show.

CBS said on Monday that 6.1 million people watched the three-hour show, broadcast from New York, where a revival of musical Hello Dolly! and new teenage angst musical Dear Evan Hansen were the big winners.

This year's TV audience marked a more than 30 per cent drop from 2016's 8.7 million viewers - a 15-year high for the annual awards show celebrating the best of American theatre.

The audience in advertisers' coveted 18- to 49-year-old demographic tumbled even more steeply, by about 44 per cent.

On Sunday, Dear Evan Hansen won six Tonys and Hello Dolly!, starring Bette Midler, took home four in a ceremony hosted by Oscar-winning actor Kevin Spacey.