The awards gala, which featured a performance from a hologram of the late Michael Jackson, hit a 13-year viewership high of 10.5 million people, according to early numbers from Nielsen. That made it the most-watched telecast of the night, improving on last year's airing that averaged 9.5 million viewers.
Highlights included the Jackson hologram's presentation of the song "Slave to the Rhythm" from his posthumously released album "Xscape," plus a performance by
Among key 18- to 49-year-olds, the three-hour telecast scored a rating of 3.5, which is in line with last year. A ratings point in the 18-to-49 demographic equals roughly 1.3 million viewers.
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For the night, CBS averaged 9.2 million viewers total and a 1.4 in the key demographic.
Fox's animation-dominated lineup and the science documentary program "