by Roger Friedman
So all that JLO and Josh Groban stuff didn’t work. The Tony Awards
were down 25% last night from last year, the lowest ratings ever for
the telecast. Lack of a star host was the issue, as Alan Cumming and
Kristen Chenoweth were fun, but had no pull.
Total viewers were just over 6 million– that’s not a lot of eyes. I
do remember thinking that when the ballet scene started from “An
American in Paris,” a lot of people must be tuning out. They were.
NBA Finals, Game 2, had 15.65 million viewers. Next year, Hugh Jackman please come back. Neil Patrick Harris, all is forgiven.