Broadway Grosses w/e 6/30/2019: Moulin Rouge! Dazzles

The following are the Broadway grosses for the week ending June 30, 2019. The Broadway grosses are courtesy of The Broadway League.

BY THE NUMBERS: Is it the show itself or awards shows in general?

The Tony Awards telecast took some shots from the press this year, many of which I still can’t understand. I enjoyed the show, as I wrote about here, and most theatergoers I spoke to did as well, including you.

The most quantifiable piece of criticism was (on the surface) the ratings.  “Viewership 10% down,” headlines screamed.  “Will CBS drop the show?” articles asked, like teenagers gossiping about whether or not the most popular couple in school would break up.

And most came to the conclusion that if the show was, ahem, better, viewership would go up.

That’s where I disagree.

First, I’m not surprised that viewership was down.  In fact, I’d postulate that if Hamilton opened this year, the Tony Awards would have had fewer viewers than it did when Hamilton was the focal point 3 years ago.

That’s because the way people consume entertainment is different.

In 2015, when Hamilton opened, millennials especially were ditching TV screens (and the live viewing that goes with it) at an alarming rate, causing a drop of 10.6% that year.

So, while it’s easy to point to the content as the problem, ratings are no Occam’s razor . . . the simplest answer is not always the right one.

And I think there’s another reason the ratings fell . . . and it’s not the Tony Awards show that’s the issue, it’s all awards shows.

I went to the numbers and looked at the ratings for the three major Awards shows since 2010.

Here they are . . .

 Year Viewers (Millions)
Tony Awards Grammys


2010 7.59 26.60 41.62
2011 8.39 26.55 37.90
2012 6.01 39.91 39.46
2013 7.24 28.37 40.38
2014 7.02 28.51 43.74
2015 6.46 25.30 37.26
2016 8.73 24.95 34.43
2017 6.00 26.05 32.94
2018 6.32 19.80 26.50
2019 5.47 19.90 29.60


And here they are in a graph, which paints the picture even more clearly:

As you can see . . . it ain’t just us.  So folks should stop pointing the finger at the production of the telecast and actually look at the ground that’s changing under our feet as we tap dance.

And those other awards shows are losing viewers at an even greater rate than we are (partly due to the many more millennials in their primary demographic).

It also just may be that awards aren’t as important to audiences anymore.  Or that the audiences know that these telecasts are more about marketing than anything.  Or that some of them (I’m talking to you, Hollywood) don’t represent the diverse field of the medium.  Or they are so filled with scandal (you again, Hollywood) that people are turning them off.

Or maybe our viewers are watching, just later, on their own schedule, instead of live.

Or maybe, just maybe, people want instant information (duh) and want to find out who won, but just want to see it in their social media feed later, rather than sit through three hours of commercials and stuff.

The way people view TV and movies has shifted and will continue to do so.  So, of course, the number of viewers of our awards show is going to go down.

Luckily for us, as compared to our sister industries, a screen is not where our primary content is consumed.  🙂

That’s why while viewership of the Tonys may be 10% down, our attendance in our actual theaters (where it really matters) is 10% up.

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Broadway Grosses w/e 6/23/2019: Mockingbird Soars

The following are the Broadway grosses for the week ending June 23, 2019. The Broadway grosses are courtesy of The Broadway League.

Broadway Grosses w/e 6/16/2019: Hadestown Rivals Hamilton

The following are the Broadway grosses for the week ending June 16, 2019. The Broadway grosses are courtesy of The Broadway League.

What did you think about the 2019 Tony Award Telecast? Survey says . . .

Hey, all you Tony Awards viewers!

There has been a lot of chatter about this year’s Tony Award telecast, and I was super curious about what you, the people who read The Producer’s Perspective, (you know, the only people who really matter!), thought of this year’s show.

So, we did what my 5th-grade math teacher taught me to do when I had a question that I didn’t know the answer to . . . ASK.

We sent out a survey on my Top 5 Moments from the Telecast blog and also posted it on my Instagram, and now, here are the results.

Are you ready?

The results of the survey of this are:

On a scale of 1 to 10, here’s how you rated the Tony Awards Telecast:

6.33% gave it a 10

6.33% gave it a 9

29.11% gave it an 8

17.72% gave it a 7

6.33% gave it a 6

3.80% gave it a 5

5.06% gave it a 4

2.53% gave it a 3

1.27% gave it a 2

21.52% gave it a 1

Compared to last year’s telecast:

15.19% said it was much better

35.44% said it was better

32.91% said it was the same

13.92% said it was worse

2.53% said it was much worse

Your favorite overall part of the telecast (ranked from highest to lowest) was:

Production numbers – 50.63%

The opening number – 20.25%

Acceptance speeches – 13.92%

Finding out who won – 8.86%

The host – 5.06%

Other – 1% (Seeing friends & coworkers on stage and on TV at the same time!)

The presenters – 0%

Your favorite musical number was . . .

Hadestown – 21.52%

The Prom – 18.99%

Kiss Me, Kate – 12.66%

Ain’t Too Proud – The Life and Times of the Temptations – 11.39%

Beetlejuice – 11.39%

Oklahoma – 11.39%

Choir Boy – 7.59%

Tootsie – 5.06%

Cher – 0%

Your favorite moment from the telecast was . . . 

Rachel Chavkin, Andre DeShields, and Ali Stroker’s acceptance speeches.

Hadestown win.

Michael in the Bathroom parody.

Stephanie J. Block winning her Tony.

Your least favorite part of the telecast was . . .

Not seeing a lot of the acceptance speeches or awards.

The playwrights speaking.

Too many commercials.

Not giving Be More Chill credit for the parody.

We asked what you would suggest to the Tony Producers to make it a more exciting evening.  Here are some quotes that represent the most common themes I heard:

“Televise more winners and speeches!”

“Show scenes from plays as well!”

“Do more unplanned bits (like Billy Porter)!”

If you missed the survey, but want to chime in, throw your thoughts in the comments below!