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2024 Tony Awards broadcast dips in viewership

Compared to 2023, the June 16 broadcast reached fewer audiences.

Ariana DeBose hosts the 77th Annual Tony Awards at David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center on June 16, 2024 in New York City (Credit: Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions)

The telecast of the 77th annual Tony Awards reached an average 3.5 million viewers. According to the New York Times, which reported preliminary ratings from Nielsen, the June 16 broadcast showed a decrease in viewership, compared to the previous year. The 2023 show reached an average of 4.1 million viewers.

The numbers reflect viewership of the main broadcast on CBS and Paramount+, hosted for the third consecutive year by Ariana DeBose. The ceremony took place at the David H. Koch Theatre at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.

The awards presentations began during the “Tony Awards: Act One” pre-show hosted by Julianne Hough and Utkarsh Ambudkar, which streamed on Pluto TV. 

Compared to other major awards presentations the Academy Awards in March pulled in 19.5 million viewers and the Grammy Awards in February drew 16.9 million viewers. The 2023 Emmy Awards (delayed to January of 2024) saw approximately 4 million viewers.

CBS is set to air the Tony Awards through 2026.

The Tony Awards are produced by Tony Award Productions, a joint venture of the League and the Wing, and White Cherry Entertainment. Ricky Kirshner and Glen Weiss served as executive producers of the 2024 telecast. Weiss directed the broadcast.