Tony Awards Viewership Jumps Up to 7.24 Million

CBS’ Tony Awards telecast saw viewership jump to 7.24 million people, the show’s largest audience in four years.

According to preliminary Nielsen figures released Monday, Sunday’s show crowning “Kinky Boots” as best musical saw an increase of more than 1.2 million people over last year’s show. Neil Patrick Harris returned to host for the fourth time.

The broadcast was up against an episode of “Mad Men” on AMC and Game 2 of the NBA finals between San Antonio and Miami on ABC. Last year’s telecast was seen by 6 million viewers, down significantly from 2011′s 6.9 million.

Updated ratings figures will be available on Tuesday.

CBS, the longtime home for the annual Tony telecast, recently agreed to continue airing the show until 2018.

“Kinky Boots” is the big winner at the Tony Awards. The feel-good musical wins six Tonys including best musical, best original score and best leading man.

Oscar-winner Tom Hanks leaves empty-handed. The Broadway newcomer was nominated for his role in the play “Lucky Guy.” But Hanks was beaten by Tracy Letts, for his role in “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?”

Cyndi Lauper wins a Tony for the music for Kinky Boots. Star Billy Porter also wins.

Other winners last night included Cicely Tyson and Judith Light.

Neil Patrick Harris was back for his fourth turn as host, as Broadway honored its best in New York last night. (AP)

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