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TONY Ratings Hit 21 Year Low...#1
Posted: 6/11/12 at 12:26pm
"These rabid fans...possess the acting talent to portray the hooker...Linda Eder..." -The New York Times
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TONY Ratings Hit 21 Year Low...#2
Posted: 6/11/12 at 12:28pm
Well I'm just shocked.
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TONY Ratings Hit 21 Year Low...#2
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
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TONY Ratings Hit 21 Year Low...#3
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.
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TONY Ratings Hit 21 Year Low...#4
Posted: 6/11/12 at 12:33pm
Dammit, I really thought the Royal Caribbean Cruise performance would have gotten more people to tune in.
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TONY Ratings Hit 21 Year Low...#5
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
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TONY Ratings Hit 21 Year Low...#6
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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TONY Ratings Hit 21 Year Low...#7
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.
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TONY Ratings Hit 21 Year Low...#8
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!!
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TONY Ratings Hit 21 Year Low...#9
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?
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TONY Ratings Hit 21 Year Low...#10
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 2016 (in NYC unless noted): 1/9 Shear Madness (previously seen in Philadelphia and Boston); 1/9 The Color Purple; 1/10 Noises Off (previously seen at Hartford Stage); 1/17 The Lion (Long Wharf Theatre); 1/22 Clever Little Lies; 1/24 Our Mother's Brief Affair; 1/31 The Body of An American (Hartford Stage); 2/7 Breaking Legs (Ocean State Theatre); 2/13 Blackbird; 2/13 A Cabin in the Sky (Encores!); 2/14 A Bronx Tale (Paper Mill); 2/21 1984 (ART); 2/28 A Skull in Connemara (Gamm); 3/5 Eclipsed; 3/5 Disaster!; 3/6 She Loves Me; 3/13 Cakewalk (Zeitgeist Theatre, Boston); 3/20 Fast Company (Lyric Stage, Boston); 3/26 Bright Star; 3/26 Shuffle Along; 3/27 Do Re Mi; 4/3 Sweet Charity (Stoneham Theatre); 4/10 Ragtime (PPAC; saw prior Broadway revival); 4/16 Full Committed; 4/16 American Psycho; 4/17 Pump Boys & Dinettes (Paper Mill); 4/23 Having Our Say (Hartford Stage); 4/30 The Humans; 4/30 Cirque du Soleil Paramour; 5/1 Dear Evan Hansen; 5/8 Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks (Ivoryton Playhouse); 5/8 Anything Goes (Goodspeed; saw recent Broadway revival twice); 5/14 The Robber Bridegroom; 5/14 Do I Hear a Waltz? (Encores!); 5/15 The Crucible; 5/22 Anatasia (Hartford Stage); 5/28 The Father; 5/28 Tuck Everlasting; 5/29 Waitress (saw previously at ART); 6/4 Cirque du Soleil Toruk (Providence); 6/5 The Roar of the Greasepaint, Smell of the Crowd (Goodspeed); 6/11 You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown (2nd time overall); 6/11 Fiddler on the Roof; 6/12 Indian Summer; 6/18 Lobster Girl (Stoneham Theatre); 6/26 I Was Most Alive With You (Huntington); 7/3 Once on This Island (CT Theatre Co.); 7/8 American Son (Barrington Stage); Cost of Living (Williamstown Theatre Festival); Fiorello! (Berkshire Theatre Group); Rose Tattoo (Williamstown Theatre Festival); 7/17 Harold & Maude (2nd Story Theatre); 7/22 The Chinese Room (Williamstown Theatre Festival); 7/23 The Stone Witch (Berkshire Theatre); Pirates of Penzance (Barrington Stage); 7/24 Romance Novels for Dummies (Williamstown Theatre Festival); 7/24 Big River (Oldcastle Theatre; saw original Broadway production) … Upcoming: 7/31 Sign of the Times (Goodspeed); 8/27 Cats; 8/27 The Layover; 8/28 Les Miserables (4th time overall); 9/4 The Dresser (Bradley Playhouse); 9/17 Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (Ogunquit Playhouse); 9/18 Sunday in the Park with George (Huntington Theatre; saw original Broadway production); 9/29 Newsies (Austin; 7th time); 10/2 Newsies (Austin; 8th time); 10/15 The Front Page; 10/15 Falsettos; 10/29 Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812 (previously saw at A.R.T.)
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TONY Ratings Hit 21 Year Low...#11
Posted: 6/11/12 at 12:44pm
Yea, but Tru Blood was also on.
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TONY Ratings Hit 21 Year Low...#12
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
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TONY Ratings Hit 21 Year Low...#13
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.
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TONY Ratings Hit 21 Year Low...#14
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
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TONY Ratings Hit 21 Year Low...#15
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.
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TONY Ratings Hit 21 Year Low...#16
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.
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TONY Ratings Hit 21 Year Low...#17
Posted: 6/11/12 at 1:04pm
Put it on Logo. Owned by Viacom. There might be some gay people who have interest in theater.
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TONY Ratings Hit 21 Year Low...#18
Posted: 6/11/12 at 1:10pm
Not surprised! The show was flat and a bore. Except for ONCE, all the musical numbers looked the same with dull choreography.
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TONY Ratings Hit 21 Year Low...#19
Posted: 6/11/12 at 1:15pm
Isn't Logo getting rid of gay programming? Bravo is the go to gay friendly channel now, and is far more popular.
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TONY Ratings Hit 21 Year Low...#20
Posted: 6/11/12 at 1:18pm
Bravo! Hosted by Andy Cohen and Countess LuAnn.
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TONY Ratings Hit 21 Year Low...#21
Posted: 6/11/12 at 1:18pm
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!
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TONY Ratings Hit 21 Year Low...#22
Posted: 6/11/12 at 1:19pm
I don't want it to go to cable either. But if it absolutely had to, Bravo probably is the best choice.
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TONY Ratings Hit 21 Year Low...#23
Posted: 6/11/12 at 1:21pm
You guys are funny! I TiVo'd both the Tonys and the Mad Men finale, and one was more lackluster than the other.
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TONY Ratings Hit 21 Year Low...#24
Posted: 6/11/12 at 1:29pm
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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TONY Ratings Hit 21 Year Low...#25
Posted: 6/11/12 at 1:42pm
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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