Grammys Early Ratings on Par With Last Year’s

Host James Corden can’t give CBS show any sort of measurable bump

Last Updated: February 13, 2017 @ 8:19 AM

James Corden’s first crack at hosting the Grammy Awards was pretty much on par with LL Cool J’s final turn last year.

Sunday’s CBS special earned a 16 rating/26 share in overnight numbers, per the 56 metered-markets measured by Nielsen.

Last year, Music’s Biggest Night put up a 16.1/25 in the preliminary metric.

LL Cool J hosted the show for five straight years, from 2012 to 2016, and posted its highest ever viewership in his first year.

The 2012 broadcast, which happened the day after the death of Whitney Houston, drew 39.9 million total viewers with a 14.1 rating and 32 share.

Fast national numbers for primetime will be out momentarily, though those are unreliable for a live event like this one.

Final Grammys figures will come out later today, so check back with TheWrap for those.