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Ratings: Grammy Awards Tick Up vs. 2016, Draw 26 Million Viewers

TVLine logo TVLine 2/13/2017 Matt Webb Mitovich
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CBS’ broadcast of the 59th Grammy Awards on Sunday night drew 26.05 million total viewers and a 7.8 demo rating (per adjusted fast affiliates), ticking up versus last year’s telecast (24.95 mil/7.7), which was atypically held on a Monday and not opposite AMC’s mighty The Walking Dead.

As such, the gala drew its largest audience since 2014, when it posted 28.5 mil (with a 9.9 rating).

Sunday’s seemingly endless telecast featured performances by Adele, Lady Gaga (with Metallica, Laverne), Chance the Rapper, A Tribe Called Quest, Katy Perry, Carrie Underwood/Keith Urban and The Weeknd with Daft Punk, as well as tributes to the late George Michael and Prince.

The evening’s only other fresh broadcast fare, on Fox, went like this: The Simpsons (2.5 mil/1.0), Son of Zorn (1.4 mil/0.6), Family Guy (1.9 mil/0.9) and Bob’s Burgers (1.7 mil/0.8).

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