TV ratings: Grammy Awards score second-biggest audience ever

adele-armful-of-grammys.jpgFast National ratings for Sunday, Feb. 12, 2012

The Grammy Awards scored their biggest audience in almost 30 years on Sunday, drawing a whopping 41.2 million viewers from 8 to 11 p.m. ET/PT. (CBS says the full awards, which ran until 11:30 p.m., drew more than 39 million people.) The show grew by more than 50 percent over last year and scored the second biggest audience since total-viewer counts started being kept in the late 1970s.

With that big an audience, CBS obviously dominated Sunday's ratings, and everything else suffered as a result -- although "Once Upon a Time" didn't fare too badly for ABC.

CBS delivered 34.5 million viewers and a 19.1 rating/29 share in households in primetime, more than doubling the combined total for the other three networks. ABC was the best of the rest with 6.35 million viewers and a 3.8/6. NBC (5.25 million, 3.3/5) finished third, and FOX (3.55 million, 2.1/3) came in fourth.

The Eye also ruled the adults 18-49 demographic with an 11.5 rating. ABC took second with a 1.9, followed by FOX, 1.7, and NBC, 1.5.

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