Tony Awards broadcast scores best ratings since 2009

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Neil Patrick Harris hosts the American Theatre Wing's annual Tony Awards in New YorkNEW YORK (Reuters) – Sunday's broadcast of the annual Tony Awards honoring Broadway's best productions and performers scored its best ratings since 2009, with viewership up 20 percent over last year's show, CBS said on Monday. The three-hour show hosted by Neil Patrick Harris and boasting appearances by big name stars such as Tom Hanks, Jake Gyllenhaal, Scarlett Johansson and Sally Field, came in second to game two of the NBA finals on ABC, according to preliminary Nielsen ratings for the night. The awards ceremony drew 7.2 million viewers. … USA, LLC