Grammy Ratings Hit Decade-Long High

26.6 million tuned in for awards show
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Feb 14, 2011 7:10 PM CST
Drake, left, and Rihanna perform at the 53rd annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 13, 2011, in Los Angeles.    (Matt Sayles)
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(Newser) – The Grammys hit a high note in the ratings last night, drawing the show's biggest TV audience in a decade. Preliminary Nielsen figures today show the CBS broadcast attracted 26.6 million viewers, improving on last year's robust audience by 680,000 viewers. The 53rd Annual Grammy Awards was also up by 3% in households over last year's broadcast, and dominated its network rivals last night.

ABC took the runner-up position for the evening, with NBC and Fox roughly neck-and-neck for third place. Final Nielsen ratings figures are expected tomorrow.

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