Grammys Down But Still Tops For The Week

CBS's telecast of the Grammy Awards may have fallen steeply from a year ago when it aired one day following the death of Whitney Houston, but it was nevertheless the highest rated program of last week. Final Nielsen figures showed that the Sunday-night telecast drew 28.38 million viewers, well off the 39.91 million that tune in last year but up from the 26.67 million who did in 2011. Meanwhile, Fox's American Idol continued to slide in the ratings. Wednesday's edition of the talent contest dropped to seventh place on the Nielsen list with 14.27 million total viewers, while Thursday's dropped to eighth with 13.28 million. CBS once again dominated the Nielsen list. Of the top 20 shows, it accounted for 16. Besides Fox's two Idol episodes, ABC's Grey's Anatomy and Modern Family also made the list (barely), tying for 19th place. NBC's highest-rated show was its Wednesday night drama Chicago Fire, which came in at No. 33 on the Nielsen list with 6.60 million viewers. NBC could draw some degree of solace from the performance of its evening newscast, however. NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams averaged 9.64 million viewers for the week, easily beating ABC World News with Diane Sawyer with 8.63 million. The CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley continued to make strong inroads on the leadership, winding up with 7.48 million viewers.

The top ten shows of the week according to Nielsen Research:
1. Grammy Awards, CBS, 15.9/25; 2. NCIS, CBS, 13.3/21; 3. The Big Bang Theory, CBS, 11.3/18; 4. NCIS: Los Angeles, CBS, 10.2/16; 5. Person of Interest, CBS, 9.1/14; 6. Two and a Half Men, CBS, 8.6/13; 7. American Idol (Wednesday), Fox, 8.4/13; 8. American Idol (Thursday), Fox, 7.8/12; 9. Criminal Minds, CBS, 7.6/12; 10. 60 Minutes, CBS, 7.2/12.



Contactmusic

Tags: CBS - Grammy Awards - Houston - Nevertheless - American Idol - Brian Williams - Diane Sawyer

Advertisement

More Cbs

James Corden To Present 'The Late Late Show' In The US

British comedy star and presenter James Corden is set to host an American chat show.The 35 year old will replace Scottish-born Craig Ferguson as the...

James Corden Set To Make U.S Plunge With 'The Late Late Show' Gig

James Corden is replacing Craig Ferguson as host on CBS’ The Late Late Show, according to various reports. The British actor/comedian will be filling the...

Robert Redford & Cate Blanchett In Talks With 'Rathergate' Producers To Play Don Rather & Mary Mapes

It's only been ten years since Don Rather reported on a CBS news programme about the Killian documents, which supposedly showed how former President George...

CBS Stands By 'The Mentalist' - But What's The Show All About?

CBS is the latest network to make tough calls for its 2014/2015 season, picking up six new shows, scrapping one high profile comedy and standing...

Advertisement

Major Broadcasters Try To Take Aereo Streamer Down

The Internet TV start-up Aereo is facing what the business’ founder Chaitanya "Chet" Kanojia calls “the end” should the supreme court side with the myriad...

'How I Met Your Mother' Nearly Got Cancelled - Britney Spears Saved The Day

How I Met Your Mother is a phenomenal success in sitcom terms. To get one season is a dream; to get two is teetering on...

Breaking Bad's Vince Gilligan Moves Over to CBS for New Detective Drama

Having created the most popular, talked about and possibly best TV show of a generation, Vince Gilligan’s presence behind the scenes is highly sought after,...

How A Glimpse Turned into 'Sumbitch' Cookies On A Train: How I Met Your Mother Season 9 Kicks Off

We got a glimpse of the titular and enigmatic mother from How I Met Your Mother at the end of season eight: a woman yielding...

Advertisement

Comments

CBS Newsletter

Subscribe to this news alert service to receive news and reviews on CBS

Unsubscribe | Unsubscribe All