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Catch Corden's incredible Tonys number; Game 5 of NBA Finals gets big rating here

This is what I’m thinking:

James Corden’s opening number on Sunday night’s CBS telecast of the Tony Awards celebrated the joy of watching live TV over all the recorded programs carried on streaming services and cable.

Unfortunately, not that many Western New Yorkers watched the three-hour telecast celebrating Broadway because most viewers here were tuned to Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final.

The Tonys, hosted by Corden, had a 3.7 live rating on WIVB-TV (Channel 4) , Boston’s 5-1 win over St. Louis to force a Game 7 had a 10.8 rating on WGRZ-TV (Channel 2).

Fortunately, if you missed the opening led by the host of CBS' "The Late, Late Show," you may have some options even if you're not on social networks.

The entire show is now carried On Demand.

And the streaming site YouTube also is coming to your rescue. Just place “James Corden” in your search bar, and the incredible 10-minute, 13-second opening will quickly come up as one of the options.

Or watch it here.

You’ll thank me if you do.

Corden, who starred in the Broadway show "One Man, Two Guvnors" before being named a CBS late-night host, and a cast of hundreds put on a hilarious, breathtaking opening number celebrating the uniqueness of Broadway in a sea of TV options.

It is must-see TV – live or on delay.

In addition, many of the speeches by award winners were exceptional and moving. I hope the speeches by Oscar and Emmy award winners next time around are half as good.

Speaking of the Tonys, one of the presenters, Laura Benanti, recently gave an excellent one-hour performance of song and storytelling for people who attended the Shea’s Buffalo Gala.

By the way, Shea’s has announced that the musical “Tootsie” is on its schedule next year. Santino Fontana, the show’s star, earned a Tony for leading actor in a musical. Whoever plays his role in the touring version coming to Buffalo will have big shoes to fill.

Sports Notes: Golden State’s 106-105 victory over Toronto in Game 5 of the NBA Finals had a 10.7 rating Monday night on WKBW-TV (Channel 7). That was by far the highest-rated game here during the finals and only one-tenth of a point behind Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final. The rating peaked at 12.6 around 10 p.m.

• While Raptors coach Nick Nurse’s decision to call a timeout with a six-point lead and a little more than three minutes left is getting skewered, ABC analysts Mark Jackson and Jeff Van Gundy didn’t say a word about it. The Raptors appeared to be tired at that point, but the timeout did give the Warriors time to regroup. I didn’t hear any of Nurse’s critics explain the NBA timeout rule that led Nurse to make the timeout call that backfired. The Raptors had four timeouts left at that point and would have lost one in the final two minutes if they didn’t take one at that point.

• If you stayed up late for the post-game shows, the tears and raw emotion from Warriors President Bob Myers about Kevin Durant’s Achilles injury was incredibly moving and has gone viral this morning. So has the classless reaction from Raptors fans after Durant’s injury, a reaction that belied Canada’s classy reputation. But as has been pointed out on social networks, you’d expect the same classless behavior from fans in many, if not all, sports arenas in America when an opposing team’s star goes down. We just may expect more from Canadians.

email: apergament@buffnews.com

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