Ratings: Grammys Hit An 11-Year High Note

CBS is feeling proud as Cee-Lo’s peacock, given the boffo numbers for Sunday night’s Grammy Awards.

According to updated tallies, the three-and-a-half hour broadcast averaged 26.66 million total viewers, representing a 3 percent gain over a year ago and the Grammys’ largest audience in 11 years.

The kudoscast’s demo rating of 10.0, in turn, marks its best performance with the coveted 18-49 crowd since 2004.

As Lady Gaga might say: Egg-cellent news all around!

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Elsewhere, among the assorted casualties:

* Three out of Fox’s four animated comedies placed second in the demos for their time slot (The Cleveland Show excepted).

* Though ABC deserves props for fielding a proper team against the Grammys — we’re looking at you, Harry’s Law repeats and your sub-CW demos! — both Desperate Housewives (9.13 million total viewers/2.6 rating) and Brothers & Sisters (6.4 mil/1.8) nonetheless hit series lows with the 18-49 crowd. But again, points for trying.

To those who tuned in for the Grammys: What was your overall opinion of this year’s show? Too much music? Any strange choices made?