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This year's Tony Ratings Roughly Equal to 2004 Ratings

The bad news for last night's Tony broadcast on CBS was that ratings did not increase from 2004. The good news was that they didn't really shrink either.

Since last night's television programming consisted on many re-runs and no basketball games, CBS scored second in the evening's ratings for Sunday, June 5th. NBC, which aired Dateline and re-runs of Law and Order: Criminal Intent and Crossing Jordan, pulled out ahead with a 5.6 rating/10 share, but CBS's 59th Annual Tony Awards trailed the station at a 5.2 rating/9 share.

With a 7.1/15, CBS' "60 Minutes" at 7 PM saw higher ratings than NBC's first hour of "Dateline," which pulled a 3.3 7. At 8 PM, the news program was reduced to 5.8/11 and the Tony Awards tied with ABC's re-run of "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition," which made a 4.7/9.

During the Tony's 9-10 PM hour, more viewers channel-surfed to watch Law and Order: Criminal Intent (6.8/12) and Desperate Housewives on ABC (5.1/9). The Tony broadcast cleared a 4.4/8 in the 10-11 PM slot, but was bested by Crossing Jordan (6.4/11) and a repeat of Grey's Anatomy on ABC, which racked up a 4.5/8.

Ratings for the 2005 and 2004 Tony broadcasts (which pulled in approximately the same numbers) were both down from that of 2003.

The Zap2it ratings are "taken from fast national data. All numbers are preliminary and subject to change, especially in the case of live telecasts." A single rating point is equal to roughly one million households, while a share represents the percentage of televisions being used at the time.

The 2005 Tony Awards were held at Radio City Music Hall, and were hosted by Hugh Jackman. Monty Python's Spamalot was awarded Best Musical, while Doubt was named Best Play.

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