Tonys top themselves, but lose

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The Tony Awards "Produced" strong ratings for CBS Sunday night, but still not strong enough to beat ABC and NBC's offerings.

CBS' coverage of the Tonys from 9-11 p.m. ET/PT were up across the board in the national ratings from the previous year, including a 32% boost in adults 18-49 to a 2.5 rating/6 share. CBS averaged a 3.2/7 in adults 25-52 (up 33%) and 9.1 million viewers (up 600,000) according to Nielsen Media Research fast-national data. ABC's combination of The Practice and Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? won the 9-11 p.m. ratings race, followed by NBC's NBA Playoff coverage (East Coast).
- Joe Schlosser