Tony Awards Hit 15-Year High

8.8 Million Tune In to Watch Revel in 'Hamilton'

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Lin-Manuel Miranda of 'Hamilton' performs onstage at Tony Awards on June 12, 2016.
Lin-Manuel Miranda of 'Hamilton' performs onstage at Tony Awards on June 12, 2016. Credit: Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions

"Hamilton" didn't make history during the Tony Awards on Sunday night, missing the record previously set by "The Producers" by just one win, but the hip-hop musical helped the kudosfest reach its biggest audience in 15 years.

The Tonys on CBS were watched by 8.8 million viewers, a 35% increase from last year's disappointing turnout. It also pulled a 1.6 ratings in the all-important 18-49 demographic, a 60% surge year-over-year, and its biggest rating since 2003.

It's worth noting the fast national ratings do not include the final 15 minutes of the program, which aired until 11:15 p.m. Adjusted live-plus-same-day ratings will be available on Tuesday morning.

There's been plenty of hype surrounding "Hamilton," which nabbed a record-setting 16 Tony nods. It walked away with 11 awards, including Best Musical.

The night was certainly squarely focused on the musical, which tells the story of founding father Alexander Hamilton through catchy hip-hop lyrics. The show has also been praised for its blind casting.

Aside from a performance during the show, the cast of "Hamilton" also opened the ceremony with a spoof that featured host James Corden. Mr. Corden hosted a special Broadway-themed Carpool Karaoke, featuring "Hamilton" creator Lin-Manuel Miranda. The cast also closed out the show with a performance.

"Hamilton" helped lift Broadway's biggest night out of its ratings slump after it neared record viewership lows last year when it went up against the NBA finals. The 2015 telecast was watched by 6.5 million viewers and pulled a 1.0 rating in the demo.

Following the tragic mass shooting in Orlando, Fla., at the top of the show Mr. Corden dedicated the awards ceremony to the victims of the attack.

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