adele armful of grammys TV ratings: Grammy Awards score second biggest audience everFast National ratings for Sunday, Feb. 12, 2012

The Grammy Awards scored their biggest audience in almost 30 years on Sunday, drawing a whopping 41.2 million viewers from 8 to 11 p.m. ET/PT. (CBS says the full awards, which ran until 11:30 p.m., drew more than 39 million people.) The show grew by more than 50 percent over last year and scored the second biggest audience since total-viewer counts started being kept in the late 1970s.

With that big an audience, CBS obviously dominated Sunday’s ratings, and everything else suffered as a result — although “Once Upon a Time” didn’t fare too badly for ABC.

CBS delivered 34.5 million viewers and a 19.1 rating/29 share in households in primetime, more than doubling the combined total for the other three networks. ABC was the best of the rest with 6.35 million viewers and a 3.8/6. NBC (5.25 million, 3.3/5) finished third, and FOX (3.55 million, 2.1/3) came in fourth.

The Eye also ruled the adults 18-49 demographic with an 11.5 rating. ABC took second with a 1.9, followed by FOX, 1.7, and NBC, 1.5.

]]>7 p.m. CBS: “60 Minutes” (14.55 million viewers, 9.1/15 households)
NBC: “Dateline” (8.35 million, 5.4/9)
ABC: “America’s Funniest Home Videos” (7.6 million, 4.3/7)
FOX: “Bob’s Burgers” rerun (1.9 million, 1.2/2)/”The Cleveland Show” (2.7 million, 1.6/2) 18-49 leader: “60 Minutes” (2.9) 8 p.m. CBS: 54th annual Grammy Awards (40.7 million, 22.1/32)
ABC: “Once Upon a Time” (8.6 million, 5.0/7)
NBC: “Dateline” (5.2 million, 3.4/5)
FOX: “The Simpsons” (4.3 million, 2.5/4)/”Napoleon Dynamite” (3.8 million, 2.2/3) 18-49 leader: Grammy Awards (13.8) 9 p.m. CBS: 54th annual Grammy Awards (42.6 million, 22.8/33)
ABC: “Desperate Housewives” (6.35 million, 4.0/6)
FOX: “Family Guy” (5 million, 2.1/3)/”American Dad” (3.5 million, 2.1/3)
NBC: “Fear Factor” (3.3 million, 2.0/3) 18-49 leader: Grammy Awards (14.9) 10 p.m. CBS: 54th annual Grammy Awards (40.2 million, 22.3/34)
NBC: “Fear Factor” (4.1 million, 2.5/4)
ABC: “Pan Am” (2.7 million, 1.9/3) 18-49 leader: Grammy Awards (14.6) Ratings information includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are preliminary and subject to change. Source: The Nielsen Company. More ratings at Zap2it: Daily, weekly and cable

Posted by:Rick Porter