TV Ratings Sunday: Whitney Houston Memories Rocket 'Grammy Awards' Ratings, Pushes Competition To Lows

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February 13th, 2012

Scoreboard CBS ABC FOX NBC Uni
Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 11.5/27 1.9/4 1.7/4 1.5/4 1.1/2
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 9.7/25 6.351 2.0/5 1.0/3 1.0/3
Total Viewers (million) 34.509 6.351 3.552 5.250 2.574

The 54th Grammy Awards, scored a giant 14.1 adults 18-49 rating and 39 million viewers, up 41% vs. a 10.0 rating and 26.7 million average viewers last season. That was the second highest viewership in Grammy history (1984), and the best adults 18-49 ratings since 1990. Note that the numbers for the Grammy Awards in the table below are only for the 8-11pm portion, while the numbers in the text above are for the entire show.

Earlier in the evening, 60 Minutes had a 2.9 adults 18-49 rating, up 93% from the season low 1.5 rating two weeks ago. Of course CBS topped the nights adults 18-49 ratings and total viewership on Sunday night

Against the GrammysThe Cleveland Show had a season low 1.2 adults 18-49 rating, vs. a 1.3 rating two weeks ago in its last new episode. The Simpsons drew a season low 2.0 adults 18-49 rating, vs. a 2.4 rating two weeks ago. Napoleon Dynamite drew a series low 1.7 adults 18-49 rating, vs. a 2.1 rating two weeks ago. Family Guy had a season low 2.5 adults 18-49 rating, vs. a 3.1 rating two weeks ago. American Dad had a season low 1.7 adults 18-49 rating, vs. a 2.4 rating two weeks ago.

ABC's  Once Upon a Time scored a 3.0 adults 18-49 rating, vs. a 3.5 rating last two weeks ago. A Desperate Housewives drew a series low 1.8 adults 18-49 rating, vs. a 2.6 adults 18-49 rating three weeks ago against the NFC Championship Game. Playing out the string before it heads to that great cancellation bin in the sky, Pan Am had another series low. dropping a 0.7 adults 18-49 rating, vs. a 1.2 rating three weeks ago. At 7pm, America's Funniest Home Videos' 2.0 adults 18-49 rating was up a tenth vs. a 1.9 rating two weeks ago.

NBC's Dateline lead off the night with a 1.6 adults 18-49 rating, and a two hour Fear Factor finished the night with a series low 1.5 adults 18-49 rating. Compare that if you wish to the 2.3 adults 18-49 rating it scored Monday at 9pm a month ago.

The Walking Dead premiere ratings: These are broadcast ratings, we will get Sunday night's cable ratings as usual on Tuesday morning Pacific time, however, I would not be surprised if we see and post a press release from AMC about TWD ratings before then.

Broadcast primetime ratings for Sunday, February 12, 2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
7:00PM CBS 60 Minutes 2.9 8 14.549
ABC America's Funniest Home Videos 2.0 5 7.758
NBC Dateline NBC (7-9p) 1.6 4 2.058
Fox Bob's Burgers -R 0.7 2 1.909
7:30PM FOX The Cleveland Show 1.2 3 2.734
8:00PM CBS 54th Grammy Awards (8-11p) 14.4 32 41.162
ABC Once Upon A Time 3.0 7 8.635
FOX The Simpsons 2.0 5 4.328
8:30PM FOX Napoleon Dynamite 1.7 4 3.81
9:00PM FOX Family Guy 2.5 5 4.988
ABC Desperate Housewives 1.8 4 6.349
NBC Fear Factor (9-11p) 1.5 3.727
9:30PM FOX American Dad 1.7 4 3.542
10:00PM ABC Pan Am 0.7 2 2.662

Nielsen TV Ratings: ©2012 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved.


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