TV ratings: Grammys score big Sunday

beyonce-grammys-320.jpgFast National ratings for Sunday, Jan. 31, 2010

The Grammy Awards drew their biggest audience in six years Sunday, giving CBS a huge ratings win for the night.

CBS averaged just over 23 million viewers and a 12.9 rating/20 share in households in primetime, leaving everyone else in the dust. ABC finished second with 9.1 million viewers and a 5.5/9. Neither FOX (4.2 million, 2.5/4) nor NBC (3.9 million, 2.5/4) were really in the game.

In the adults 18-49 demographic, CBS' 8.1 rating beat the combined total of the other three networks. ABC, 2.7, came in second, followed by FOX, 2.0, and NBC, 1.0.

Sunday hour by hour:

7 p.m.

"60 Minutes" (12.35 million viewers, 7.7/12 households)
ABC: "America's Funniest Home Videos" (8.8 million, 5.0/8)
NBC: "Dateline" (4.6 million, 3.1/5)
FOX: "'Til Death" - two episodes (2.3 million, 1.4/2)

18-49 leader: "America's Funniest Home Videos" (2.4)

8 p.m.

52nd Annual Grammy Awards (26.9 million, 14.8/22)
ABC: "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" (8.5 million, 5.1/8)
NBC: "Dateline" (4.9 million, 3.3/5)
FOX: "The Simpsons" (5.1 million, 3.1/5)/"The Cleveland Show" (4.5 million, 2.7/4)

18-49 leader:
Grammy Awards (9.7)

9 p.m.

52nd Annual Grammy Awards (27.8 million, 15.1/22)
ABC: "Desperate Housewives" (11.4 million, 6.9/10)
FOX: "Family Guy" (6.2 million, 3.6/5)/"American Dad" (5.1 million, 2.9/4)
NBC: Special - "Saturday Night Live: Sports All-Stars" (3 million, 1.9/3)

18-49 leader: Grammy Awards (10.4)

10 p.m.

52nd Annual Grammy Awards (25.2 million, 14.1/23)
ABC: "Brothers & Sisters" (7.7 million, 5.2/8)
NBC: "Saturday Night Live: Sports All-Stars" (3.1 million, 2.0/3)

18-49 leader: Grammy Awards (9.9)

Ratings information includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are preliminary and subject to change. Source: The Nielsen Company.

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For the record: The Grammys drew their biggest audience since 2004. An earlier version of this post had the time frame incorrect.