More than 39 million people tuned in to the Grammy Awards on CBS last night, according to Fast National ratings from Nielsen. That is up a remarkable +41% compared to 2010, and would make the telecast the most-watched edition of the Grammys since 1984, when Michael Jackson moonwalked across the stage.
Last night’s Grammycast featured a tribute to the late Whitney Houston (pictured right), who died suddenly Saturday night, as well as some big wins from singer Adele.
Leading in to the Grammys, “60 Minutes” posted a 9.4 rating/15 share and approximately 14.5 million viewers, while on NBC, a “Dateline” dedicated to Houston drew a 5.5 rating/9 share and just over eight million viewers. Those ratings are preliminary, and will likely change slightly when finals come in.