This year's Tony Ratings Roughly Equal to 2004 Ratings
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.