Sunday night’s telecast of the Tony Awards drew 6.3 million viewers on CBS, a modest uptick but a contrast to plummeting numbers for the Oscars and Grammys.
Ms. Barr cited “The Planet of the Apes” in discussing Valerie Jarrett, a black woman and former adviser to President Barack Obama. ABC Entertainment’s president called it “abhorrent.”
Some first-year shows surprised in the 2017-18 season, while broadcast networks proved they could still pull big audiences for events like the “60 Minutes” interview with Stormy Daniels.
Ratings for the awards show, hosted by Seth Meyers, dipped 5 percent from last year.
Sunday’s Season 7 premiere of “Game of Thrones” was the most-watched premiere ever for both the series and HBO.
One conclusion from the 2016-17 season: A show with ratings that once would have prompted cancellation can now be the source of some relief.
Mr. Colbert has done what was unthinkable a year ago: turned “The Late Show” into the most viewed show in late night. And President Trump is not the only reason.
About 26 million people watched Sunday night’s award show on CBS, which featured a showdown between Adele and Beyoncé.
The NBC series has become a breakout hit, earning an unusual two-season renewal. Insiders see the show as a counterweight to dark procedurals and darker times.