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Sunday's CBS broadcast was up 20% in viewers and young adults compared to last year.

12:58 PM, Jun 10, 2013   |    comments
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The Tony Awards ceremony expanded its reach Sunday.

The CBS broadcast, which was hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, attracted 7.2 million viewers, a 20% audience spike from 2012, according to preliminary Nielsen ratings. It marks the awards show's best showing since 2009.

The three-hour show also enjoyed a year-to-year 20% boost among advertiser-coveted young adults (18-to-49).

Winners Sunday included Kinky Boots as best musical, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike as best play, Pippin as best revival of a Musical and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? as best revival of a play.

Acting winners included Cicely Tyson, Andrea Martin and Courtney B. Vance.

USA TODAY

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