Tony Awards battle Miss USA for ratings

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Sunday’s broadcast ratings race had a clear winner: ABC’s NBA Finals coverage of Game 2, up 9 percent from last year.

But the tighter and perhaps more interesting fight was among CBS’s presentation of the 68th Annual Tony Awards and NBC’s coverage of the Miss USA Pageant.

The Tonys were steady with last year’s rating among adults 18-49, though the telecast climbed among total viewers to hit its second biggest audience in the last five years. Meanwhile, Miss USA went up 8 percent from last year to have the overall edge in the demo (Tonys led among total viewers).

Also in the mix: The season finale of Fox’s Cosmos, which dipped against the increased competition. All told, Cosmos is ending its run with an season average of a 1.5 rating in the demo and 3.9 million total viewers. That demo number is very much not bad for this project (the show skewed surprisingly young), and hopefully Fox will take chances on entertainingly produced science programming again in the future (not likely, perhaps, but one can hope). Full chart:

NET/TIME/SHOW  18-49 rating total viewers (+000)
FOX 7:00P ENLSTD-SU7- 0.4 1,005
7:30P AM DAD ENC- R 0.6 1,279
8:00P SIMPSN ENC- R 1.0 2,267
8:30P FAM GUY EN- R 1.2 2,407
9-10P COSMOS- 1.1 3,035
ABC 7:00P J KMML-GM2- S 2.2 6,174
7:30P KIA-CN-GM2- S 2.3 6,462
8-11P NBAFNL- S 5.0 12,550
CBS 7-8P 60 MINUTES- 1.0 8,481
8-11P TONY AWRDS- S 1.2 7,023
NBC 7-8P DATE-SU-7P- 0.9 5,092
8-11P MISS USA14- S 1.4 5,548

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