Grammys Ratings Are Awful

Early numbers suggest a 24% drop from last year
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 29, 2018 1:08 PM CST
Grammys Ratings Are Awful
Bruno Mars accepts the award for song of the year for "That's What I Like."   (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)

It was a great night for Bruno Mars, and a pretty bleak one for CBS. The first ratings numbers are in for Sunday night's Grammys, and they are rough indeed. An estimated 19.8 million people watched, down 24% from 2017, reports Deadline. In fact, the show may end up being an all-time Grammy's low when the final numbers are crunched, reports Billboard. The sites tick off a number of possible reasons, including too much politics, a too-long running time of three and a half hours, an earlier-than-usual January date, and a lack of nominees on the level of Adele or Beyonce. (More Grammy Awards stories.)

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