The Lane Train

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Nobody Likes Theatre, or Awards Shows

Posted by thelanetrain on June 17, 2008

Omigod you guys, did you see The Tony Awards on Sunday Night?  No?  Well, apparently, nobody did.  The New York Times reports today that even after CBS‘s dismal ratings for last year’s show, they still didn’t do any better this time around.  In fact, CBS finished third among the major networks on Sunday night.  Third.  How is that even possible?  What would keep people from watching theatre, gays, and theatre gays on live TV?

ABC was the big winner, actually, on Sunday night, with coverage of Game 5 of the NBA Finals between the Celtics and Lakers.  They raked in 13.5 million viewers.  Well, duh, a major sports rivalry easily beats a sissy awards show, but what about the #2 spot?  NBC‘s coverage of the hotly contested US Open tiebreaker between Tiger Woods and some dude, plus a clip show featuring the work of Mike Myers on Saturday Night Live, beat the Tonys with over double the viewing audience (NBC got just under 14 million viewers, while CBS had 6.2 million).  That’s pretty sad, but at least CBS beat FOX, which I guess is sorta ok.

Just don’t tell these people that nobody will watch them when they get their big award someday.  Actually, they probably won’t win any awards at all.  Burn…


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