TONY Ratings Hit 21 Year Low...

wicked1492
Broadway Star
joined:6/18/08
TONY Ratings Hit 21 Year Low...
Posted: 6/11/12 at 12:26pm
"These rabid fans...possess the acting talent to portray the hooker...Linda Eder..." -The New York Times
Jordan Catalano
Broadway Legend
joined:10/9/05
TONY Ratings Hit 21 Year Low...
Posted: 6/11/12 at 12:28pm
Well I'm just shocked.
wicked1492
Broadway Star
joined:6/18/08
TONY Ratings Hit 21 Year Low...
Posted: 6/11/12 at 12:29pm
I'm putting the blame on Audra and her obsession with rape.
"These rabid fans...possess the acting talent to portray the hooker...Linda Eder..." -The New York Times
ACL2006
Broadway Legend
joined:2/11/06
TONY Ratings Hit 21 Year Low...
Posted: 6/11/12 at 12:30pm
and I'm sure half of those 6 million viewers turned it off somewhere between the Newsies number & the Follies number.
A Chorus Line played its final Broadway performance on August 17, 2008. The tour played its final performance on August 21, 2011. A new non-equity tour started in October 2012 played its final performance on March 23, 2013.
Kad
Broadway Legend
joined:11/5/05
TONY Ratings Hit 21 Year Low...
Posted: 6/11/12 at 12:33pm
Dammit, I really thought the Royal Caribbean Cruise performance would have gotten more people to tune in.
tazber
Broadway Legend
joined:5/10/05
TONY Ratings Hit 21 Year Low...
Posted: 6/11/12 at 12:36pm
And the other half turned it off when Porgy and Bess came on.

The remaining 15 viewers were all busy posting their reactions here.
....but the world goes 'round
Playbilly
Broadway Legend
joined:3/30/12
TONY Ratings Hit 21 Year Low...
Posted: 6/11/12 at 12:37pm
Needs to go to cable. Make it truly a live program. That might -- MIGHT -- help.
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Stew123
Swing
joined:2/17/10
TONY Ratings Hit 21 Year Low...
Posted: 6/11/12 at 12:37pm
It's not that surprising since there weren't a bunch of "big" and well-known shows this year. Also Mad Men finale was on.
Jordan Catalano
Broadway Legend
joined:10/9/05
TONY Ratings Hit 21 Year Low...
Posted: 6/11/12 at 12:41pm
It needs to be retooled. Lets air it on Cinemax at 2am and have some FUN with it!!
fallingawake
Understudy
joined:8/30/09
TONY Ratings Hit 21 Year Low...
Posted: 6/11/12 at 12:41pm
do you think we're getting to a point (in the next decade or so) where they would stop broadcasting the show? Or would it go to a cable network first?
JMPlayer6
Featured Actor
joined:2/7/10
TONY Ratings Hit 21 Year Low...
Posted: 6/11/12 at 12:43pm
Mad Men gets a lot of buzz, but the ratings arenot what most people think. It could have been worse: it could have been the season finale of The Walking Dead.
Shows seen in 2014 (NYC unless otherwise noted): 1/12 Working (Lyric Stage, Boston); 1/18 The Underpants (Hartford Stage); 1/25 The Bridges of Madison County (had seen at Williamstown Theatre Festival); 1/25 Beautiful; 1/26 Machinal; 2/1 Laughter on the 23rd Floor (Ocean State Theatre); 2/2 The Lyons (2nd Story Theatre); 2/8 Outside Mullingar; 2/8 Bronx Bombers; 2/9 Little Me (Encores!); 2/16 Seven Keys to Baldpate (2nd Story Theatre); 2/23 Witness Uganda (ART, Cambridge MA); 3/8 The Happiest Song Plays Last; 3/8 Rocky; 3/9 The Other Josh Cohen (Paper Mill Playhouse); 3/15 4000 Miles (Long Wharf Theatre) ; 3/23 The Whale (Speakeasy, Boston); 3/29 Mothers and Sons; 3/29 Buyer & Cellar; 3/30 Of Mice and Men; 4/5 Becoming Cuba (Huntington Theatre, Boston); 4/6 45 Seconds from Broadway (Mansfield Music & Arts Society); 4/12 Bullets Over Broadway; 4/12 A Raisin in the Sun; 4/13 Les Miserables (saw original Broadway run plus recent national tour); 4/19 We Will Rock You (PPAC); 4/23 Veronica Meadows (Trinity Square Rep); 4/26 Aladdin; 4/26 Hedwig and the Angry Inch; 4/27 If/Then; 5/3 Book of Mormon (PPAC, Providence RI; seen twice on Broadway previously); 5/4 42nd Street (Ocean State Theatre; had seen original Broadway production); 5/10 Violet; 5/10 Cabaret; 5/11 The Cripple of Inishmaan; 5/18 Light in the Piazzo (Wilbraham Players); 5/24 Casa Valentina; 5/24 Heathers: The Musical; 5/25 The Realistic Joneses; 6/7 Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill; 6/7 Act One; 6/8 Grease (Paper Mill Playhouse); 6/22 Fingers & Toes (Ivoryton Playhouse); 6/28 Holler If Ya Hear Me; 7/3 Working on a Special Day (Barrington Stage); 7/4 Kiss Me Kate (Barrington Stage); 7/4 The Mystery of Irma Vep (Berkshie Theatre); 7/5 June Moon (Williamstown Theatre Festival); 7/6 Madagascar (Chester Theatre Company); 7/13 Me & My Girl (Reagle Music Theatre; had seen national tour); 7/19 Guys and Dolls (Ocean State Theatre); 7/20 Monty Python Live (Mostly) (local movie theater); 7/27 Hay Fever (2nd Story Theatre); 8/3 Finding Neverland (A.R.T.); 8/8 Dancing Lessons (Barrington Stage Company); 8/9 Design for Living (Berkshire Theatre); 8/9 The Visit (Williamstown Theatre Festival); 8/10 The Golem of Havana (Barrington Stage Company); 8/17 Singin' in the Rain (Reagle Music Theatre; previously seen at Ogunquit Playhouse); 8/23 Newsies (4th time overall); 8/23 Sex with Strangers; 8/24 Run For Your Wife (Granite Theatre; previously seen in London); 8/30 And Then There Were None (2nd Story Theatre); 9/6 It's Only a Play; 9/6 The Money Shot; 9/7 The Opponent; 9/11 Broadway Bound (Your Theatre; had seen on Broadway in 1989); 9/14 Ether Dome (Hartford Stage); 9/20 The Sorcerer (Theater at Monmouth); 9/21 The Witches of Eastwick (Ogunquit Playhouse); 9/28 Comedy Is Hard! (Ivoryton Playhouse) ... Forthcoming: 10/2 From Here to Eternity (local movie theater); 10/4 Far From Heaven (Speakeasy Theatre, Boston); 10/4 Sweeney Todd (Lyric Stage, Boston; saw original Broadway run); 10/11 The Curious Case of the Dog in the Night-Time; 10/11 On the Town; 10/12 Can-Can (Paper Mill Playhouse); 10/18 Holiday Inn (Goodspeed); 10/19 My Fair Lady (Ocean State Theatre; seeing yet again); 10/25 You Can't Take It With You; 10/25 The Last Ship; 10/26 This Is Our Youth; 11/1 Love Letters; 11/2 Dial 'M' for Murder (Ocean State Theatre); 11/8 The Circus in Winter (Goodspeed); 11/15 The Elephant Man; 11/15 The River; 11/16 The Country House; 11/22 The Tale of the Allergist's Wife (Lyric Stage, Boston); 12/6 Disgraced; 12/6 Honeymoon in Vegas (had seen at Paper Mill Playhouse); 12/7 A Delicate Balance; 12/13 Picasso at the Lap in Agile (Long Wharf Theatre); 12/14 Barefoot in the Park (Trinity Square); 12/20 The Real Thing; 12/20 The Illusionists; 12/21 Side Show
tazber
Broadway Legend
joined:5/10/05
TONY Ratings Hit 21 Year Low...
Posted: 6/11/12 at 12:44pm
Yea, but Tru Blood was also on.
....but the world goes 'round
castlestreet
Broadway Star
joined:7/2/10
TONY Ratings Hit 21 Year Low...
Posted: 6/11/12 at 12:45pm
I truly thought this years show was the most lackluster I can remember- the entire evening just fell flat. I'm not one bit surprised at the numbers... the other major factor- three highly rated cable shows all had big episodes last night:

The Killing: Part 1 of 2 Season Finale
Mad Men: Season Finale
True Blood: Season Premier
SonofMammaMiaSam
Broadway Legend
joined:11/7/03
TONY Ratings Hit 21 Year Low...
Posted: 6/11/12 at 12:48pm
And, The Real Housewives of New Jersey -- Gay Wedding.
Et al, lah ... Poof! Cheyenne Jackson ordered me a drink at Standing Ovations 2 waayyyyyy before Girly hung out with him in the dressing room and he tickled D2.
followspot
Broadway Star
joined:12/27/11
TONY Ratings Hit 21 Year Low...
Posted: 6/11/12 at 12:52pm
The first hour was painful to get through I don't blame anyone for tuning out. (And yes, judging from people I know, Mad Men, True Blood, and The Killing made for major competition.)
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Updated On: 6/11/12 at 12:52 PM
Bettyboy72
Broadway Legend
joined:3/31/06
TONY Ratings Hit 21 Year Low...
Posted: 6/11/12 at 12:53pm
I honestly think Bravo should pick up the show and let Andy Cohen produce it. Whoop it up a little. It's currently dying a slow death.
"The sexual energy between the mother and son really concerns me!"-random woman behind me at Next to Normal "I want to meet him after and bang him!"-random woman who exposed her breasts at Rock of Ages, referring to James Carpinello
Kalimba
Broadway Legend
joined:4/5/06
TONY Ratings Hit 21 Year Low...
Posted: 6/11/12 at 12:57pm
Oh please, the Audra speech was made towards the END of the telecast. I'm pretty sure a lot of people changed the channel when the wrong Follies number was presented.
Playbilly
Broadway Legend
joined:3/30/12
TONY Ratings Hit 21 Year Low...
Posted: 6/11/12 at 01:04pm
Put it on Logo. Owned by Viacom. There might be some gay people who have interest in theater.
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A Director
Broadway Star
joined:12/18/07
TONY Ratings Hit 21 Year Low...
Posted: 6/11/12 at 01:10pm
Not surprised! The show was flat and a bore. Except for ONCE, all the musical numbers looked the same with dull choreography.
ljay889
Broadway Legend
joined:8/4/04
TONY Ratings Hit 21 Year Low...
Posted: 6/11/12 at 01:15pm
Isn't Logo getting rid of gay programming? Bravo is the go to gay friendly channel now, and is far more popular.
#sadandtransparent
Wynbish
Broadway Legend
joined:4/27/12
TONY Ratings Hit 21 Year Low...
Posted: 6/11/12 at 01:18pm
Bravo! Hosted by Andy Cohen and Countess LuAnn.
bwaylvsong
Broadway Legend
joined:7/28/05
TONY Ratings Hit 21 Year Low...
Posted: 6/11/12 at 01:18pm
Please don't let it go to cable! If it does, I (and a lot of other theatre fans) won't be able to watch it!
ljay889
Broadway Legend
joined:8/4/04
TONY Ratings Hit 21 Year Low...
Posted: 6/11/12 at 01:19pm
I don't want it to go to cable either. But if it absolutely had to, Bravo probably is the best choice.
#sadandtransparent
macnyc
Broadway Legend
joined:7/26/08
TONY Ratings Hit 21 Year Low...
Posted: 6/11/12 at 01:21pm
You guys are funny! I TiVo'd both the Tonys and the Mad Men finale, and one was more lackluster than the other.
Gothampc
Broadway Legend
joined:5/20/03
TONY Ratings Hit 21 Year Low...
Posted: 6/11/12 at 01:29pm
The Tonys have always been a niche show. Broadway doesn't have the same "reach" that movies, tv and music have.

I often wonder if the boring Tonys are just a reflection of how boring Broadway really is?
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yankeefan7
Broadway Legend
joined:4/14/12
TONY Ratings Hit 21 Year Low...
Posted: 6/11/12 at 01:42pm
gothampc - Yes, Broadway does not have the same reach as TV and movies but the Oscars and Emmy's to me are a lot more boring award show. Really, most movies the majority of people have never heard of or seen. There is little entertainment. As for the Emmy's, no entertainment at all so unless you want to see people make acceptance speeches all night than enjoy.

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