CBS’ three-and-three-quarters-hour broadcast of the 61st Grammy Awards on Sunday night scored a 12.8/22 in metered market ratings, up a half of a half of a tick from last year’s early numbers.
Per the Nielsen fast nationals, the Alicia Keys-hosted kudosfest drew 18 million total viewers and a 5.0 demo rating, up from 2018’s prelim numbers in total audience, though currently down 8 percent in the demo. Last year’s James Corden-led show went on to report 19.8 million viewers (the Grammys’ smallest audience since since 2009) and a 5.9 rating in the finals.
UPDATE: In the Nielsen finals, the Grammys did 19.9 mil and a 5.6, up in viewers (though still the second-smallest audience in a decade) but down 5 percent in the demo.
Elsewhere on Sunday, NBC’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them telecast drew 2.6 mil and a 0.5…. while Fox’s lineup looked like this: The Simpsons (1.9 mil/0.7), Bob’s Burgers (1.7 mil/0.7) and Family Guy (1.8 mil/0.8).
Ratings for The Walking Dead‘s Season 9B premiere, as with all things “cable,” will trickle in much, much later and be reported under separate cover as warranted.