No surprise here: The Grammys dominated in TV ratings last night, handing CBS a predictably massive margin over its broadcast competition.
ABC finished second in terms of over-the-air channels, with an original “America’s Funniest Home Videos” and a rerun presentation of Disney’s “The Blind Side.” NBC and Fox tied for third place in the key 18-49 demographic last night.
Click here to read the Grammys overnight numbers. The below fast nationals are not time zone adjusted and thus an imperfect measurement. Final Nielsen ratings for Music’s Biggest Night will be out later today.
CBS was first in ratings with a 6.2 rating/20 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and in total viewers with an average of 21.3 million, according to preliminary numbers. A 30-minute “60 Minutes” at 7 p.m. put up a 2.4/9 and 12.6 million viewers. The Grammys red carpet special at 7:30 posted a 3.2/11 and 14 million viewers. Through prime’s 11 o’clock ET cutoff, the awards show itself dragged up the overall four-hour average to the aforementioned averages.
ABC was second in ratings with a 1.0/3 and in viewers with 4.4 million. “AFHV” at 7 received a 1.2/4 and 5.8 million viewers. The movie followed.
NBC and Fox tied for third in ratings, both with a 0.7/2. NBC was third in total viewers with 3.2 million viewers, airing a rerun and a movie. Fox was fourth with 1.6 million.
For Fox, following reruns, “The Simpsons” at 8 had a 1.0/3 and 2.4 million viewers. At 8:30, “Son of Zorn” got a 0.6/2 and 1.4 million viewers. “Family Guy” at 9 brought home a 0.9/3 and 1.9 million viewers. “Bob’s Burgers” at 9:30 closed the comedy block to a 0.8/2 and 1.7 million viewers.
Telemundo was fifth in ratings with a 0.5/1 and in viewers with 1.5 million.
Univision was sixth in ratings with a 0.4/1 and in viewers with 1.3 million.