TV Ratings Sunday: 'Grammy Awards' Rise; 'Desperate Housewives,' 'Brothers & Sisters,' 'Makeover' Hit Lows; 'American Dad,' 'Simpsons,' 'Bob's Burger's,' 'Family Guy' Down

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February 14th, 2011

Scoreboard CBS FOX ABC NBC Uni
Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 8.2/22 2.3/6 2.0/5 0.9/2 0.7/2
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 7.6/23 2.6/8 1.3/4 0.5/2 0.7/2
Total Viewers (million) 23.722 4.579 7.443 4.754 1.917

Topping last year's multi-year high, and exceeding our polled readers expectations, The Grammy Awards scored a 10.0 adults 18-49 rating (up 1% vs. last year) and 26.55 million average viewers, up 3% vs. last year. It was the highest adults 18-49 rating since 2004, and the highest average viewership since 2001. Here are the historical Grammy Awards ratings for reference. Earlier in the night, 60 Minutes drew a 2.1 adults 18-49 rating, up 50% vs. its last new episode two weeks ago.

Of course CBS dominated the ratings on Sunday night, while NBC's line up failed to crack a 1.0 adults 18-49 rating.

Against Grammy competition, Desperate Housewives was pushed to a series low 2.6 rating, down 16% it's previous new episode (also a series low). Our polled readers turned out to be wildly optimistic. Brothers & Sisters also fell to a series low 1.8 rating, down 10% from its last new episode. Earlier in the night, America's Funniest Home Videos drew a 1.8 rating down 14% from its last new episode two weeks ago, and Extreme Makeover: Home Edition tumbled 41% from its Bieber-ified 2 hour episode two weeks ago tieing a series low 1.6 rating.

Fox animation was mostly down on the night, as American Dad's 1.9 adults 18-49 rating was down 17% vs. its last new episode. The Simpson's 2.7 rating fell 10% vs. its last new episode. Bob's Burger's 2.1 rating was down 5% from its last new episode. (for the retentionistas, that's an improvement!) Family Guy's 3.2 adults 18-49 rating was down 14% vs. its last new episode. Only The Cleveland Show bucked the downdraft, it drew a 2.4 rating, rising 4% vs. its last new episode.

Laying low, really low, on the night, NBC's Dateline NBC from 7-9pm scored a 1.1 adults 18-49 rating down 15% from its last new episode two weeks ago.

Broadcast primetime ratings for Sunday, February 13, 2011:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
7:00 CBS 60 Minutes 1.7 6 11.011
ABC AMERICA'S Funniest Home Videos 1.6 5 7.197
FOX THE Simpsons - R 1.3 4 2.942
NBC Dateline:  NBC 1.1 4 4.839
7:30 CBS 60 Minutes 2.5 8 13.417
ABC AMERICA'S Funniest Home Videos 2.1 6 8.393
FOX American Dad 1.9 6 3.942
NBC Dateline:  NBC 1.2 4 4.722
8:00 CBS THE 53RD ANNUAL GRAMMY AWARDS 9.0 24 26.322
FOX THE Simpsons 2.7 7 5.618
ABC Extreme MakeoverHome Edition 1.5 4 6.206
NBC Dateline:  NBC 1.0 3 5.218
8:30 CBS THE 53RD ANNUAL GRAMMY AWARDS 10.0 26 27.745
FOX BOB'S Burgers 2.1 5 4.216
ABC Extreme MakeoverHome Edition 1.7 4 6.687
NBC DATELINE:  NBC 1.1 3 6.100
9:00 CBS THE 53RD ANNUAL GRAMMY AWARDS 10.9 26 29.302
FOX Family Guy 3.2 8 5.993
ABC Desperate Housewives 2.7 6 9.249
NBC HARRY'S LAW - R 0.7 2 4.614
9:30 CBS THE 53RD ANNUAL GRAMMY AWARDS 10.8 26 28.409
ABC Desperate Housewives 2.6 6 9.016
FOX The Cleveland Show 2.4 6 4.765
NBC HARRY'S LAW - R 0.8 2 4.642
10:00 CBS THE 53RD ANNUAL GRAMMY AWARDS 11.1 29 28.258
NBC HARRY'S LAW - R 0.7 2 3.909
10:30 CBS THE 53RD ANNUAL GRAMMY AWARDS 9.9 27 25.312
NBC HARRY'S LAW - R 0.6 2 3.988


Nielsen TV Ratings: ©2011 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved.


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