TV Ratings: Grammys Play Sweet Tune for CBS

Fast National ratings for Sunday, Feb. 8, 2009

Sunday's Grammy Awards improved their ratings over last year's show, carrying CBS to a ratings win for the night.

CBS averaged an 11.3 rating/18 share in primetime, easily beating the 6.5/10 for second-place ABC. NBC took third with a 4.5/7. FOX, 2.4/4, came in fourth, and The CW trailed at 0.8/1.

The adults 18-49 title also went to CBS, which drew a 6.5 rating in the demographic. ABC was the best of the rest at 3.5. FOX, 1.9, edged NBC, 1.8, for third. The CW managed only a 0.4.

CBS began the night with a highly rated "60 Minutes," 10.5/17. NBC's coverage of the NFL's Pro Bowl finished second in households at 5.6/9, but "America's Funniest Home Videos" (5.3/9) brought in a few more total viewers. "Hole in the Wall" drew a 1.5/3 for FOX. The CW ran a "Jericho" repeat.

The 51st annual Grammy Awards delivered an 11.9/18 for CBS at 8 p.m. "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition," 6.0/9, gave ABC sole possession of second place. "Dateline" earned a 4.5/7 for NBC. Repeats of "The Simpsons" and "King of the Hill" averaged 2.7/4 for FOX. The CW aired the movie "Teen Wolf."

The Grammys improved to 12.1/18 at 9 p.m. "Desperate Housewives" scored an 8.6/13 for ABC. The miniseries "XIII" put NBC in third, ahead of "Family Guy," 3.2/5, and "American Dad," 2.9/4, on FOX. "Teen Wolf" earned a 1.0/1 for The CW.

CBS fell a little at 10 p.m. as the Grammys posted a 10.9/18; the prime-time portion of the telecast drew about 20 million viewers. "Brothers & Sisters," 6.3/10, kept ABC ahead of NBC and "XIII," 3.8/6.

Ratings information is taken from fast national data, which includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are preliminary and subject to change, especially in the case of live telecasts.

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