media caption, Original Wicked stars Kristin Chenowethand Idina Menzel, reunited on stage
US TV audiences for the Tony Awards hit new low despite star cast promoting from the return of Broadway.
CBS said 2.6 million people tuned in to the two-hour Sunday special, called Broadway 's Back .
In 2019, the last time the Tony Awards were held, some 5.4 million people watched the ceremony on TV.
But the show is usually airs in June with less competition. This time it was against Saturday Night Football on NBC and the season premieres on ABC and Fox.
For the first time, the show was
As with most streaming services, Paramount + audience figures are kept secret.
image source, image caption, Aaron Tveit won the award for best actor in a musical for his performance in Moulin Rouge!
Sunday's ceremony took place almost a year late due to the pandemic. It also took place almost two years after most of the nominated plays and musicals were first performed in New York City.
Winner for Best Game The Inheritance, a modern drama about AIDS, and The Soldier 's Play, on the murder of a black officer at a US military base in 1944, both closed in 2020 and with no plans to return.
Moulin Rouge! The Musical, was the big winner of the evening, named best musical and taking home nine more Tonys. The show reopened last week, alongside dozens of other shows that returned after Covid.
Lin-Manuel Miranda, Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth made apappearances at the Tonys and urged viewers to purchase tickets to help bolster the live theater recovery from losses suffered during the pandemic-imposed lockdown.
image source, Reuters Image caption, Audra McDonald was one of the hostesses of the ceremony broadcast live
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