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

(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.

Drake, left, and Rihanna perform at the 53rd annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 13, 2011, in Los Angeles.   (Matt Sayles)
Rihanna, left, and Drake perform at the 53rd annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 13, 2011, in Los Angeles.   (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)
Mick Jagger performs at the 53rd annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 13, 2011, in Los Angeles.   (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)
Esperanza Spalding accepts the award for best new artist at the 53rd annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 13, 2011, in Los Angeles.   (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)
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