54th Annual Grammy Awards Pull Biggest Ratings For CBS Since 1984

LOS ANGELES (CBS) — The 54th annual Grammy Awards pulled in big numbers for CBS, garnering the highest ratings for the show since 1984, the network said Monday.

The broadcast delivered 39 million viewers, according to Nielsen. It was the second largest Grammy audience in history.

Fueled by star performances by Adele, who returned to the stage following throat surgery in 2011 and picked up six statues, and Chris Brown’s first Grammy appearance since his domestic violence case with former girlfriend Rhianna stemming from Grammy weekend in 2010, the show drew in audiences from around the world.

But what perhaps fueled people to tune in was the untimely death of six-time Grammy winner Whitney Houston. Her death cast a shadow over the awards show.

Houston died unexpectedly Saturday afternoon at the Beverly Hilton, just hours before her mentor Clive Davis’ annual pre-awards show bash.

Officials have not determined what killed the singer.

Several stars paid tribute to Houston, including Alicia Keys, Stevie Wonder and LL Cool J.

“There is no way around this. We’ve had a death in our family, and so at least for me, the only thing that feels right is to begin with a prayer for a woman we love, for our fallen sister, Whitney Houston,” Grammy host LL Cool J said as he opened the telecast.

The biggest tribute came from Jennifer Hudson who stole the show with a piano-backed rendition of Houston’s 1992 cover of “I Will Always Love You” from “The Bodyguard.”

Hudson ended her performance by saying, “Whitney, we will always love you.”

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  • JennyMN

    What the Kardashians said….ExtremeKardashian.com/

    • Kevin Fodor

      Excuse me…but I couldn’t care less.

  • dam

    They got the Whitney bounce.

  • Xious Ziousk

    The show was boring. It may have got the biggest audience due to the tragedy of the previous day but otherwise it was pretty boring show. It lacked the energy so says http://www.sci-burr.com.

  • Name

    They need to have a burned-out druggy die right before the show every year.

  • karen

    It’s too bad Houston went to the nog side w/ Bobby Brown. Waste of a life.

  • Diogenes

    The four people I know who watched, turned it off. They said the music performed was really bad, robotic, satanic.

  • Fanny Forbes Franklen

    “No one ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American public.” ~ H. L. Mencken

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    • Voss

      Nice Hollywood and fun section, along with all the tyranny, theft and war.

      • Spread The News

        Don’t forget all the made up news compliments of the coup and cover up.

        The next election is shaping up to be as big of a sham as the last. Do you know why Sarah Palin’s bus tour was really canceled? Do you know why she stayed 30 miles away from the second debate and chose the death of Steve Jobs to announce that she’s not running? Know what leaked out? Sarah Palin and Cain aren’t in the race for the same reason, the truth leaked out.


  • chris

    They can thank the LATE GREAT Whitney Houston ,, Even my MOTHER tune in ;who grew up with Whitney and wanted to see how they would go about honoring HER.

  • Susan Manning Higuchi

    We watched and it was mostly pretty good…I did have to ask WTH that Nicky Minaj spectacle was…some kind of really bad rap opera, at any rate it was disgusting and hurt my ears

  • GoldenRudy

    Due mostly because of Adele’s appearance and singing.

  • Rachel

    Whitney Houston is the only reason I tuned in. Her story is so sad. She is and always will be one of a kind.

  • Kevin Fodor

    See what happens when you do an entertaining show with lots of music for both young and not-so-young…and leave the drama and the egos out of it? And not worry too much about “pushing the envelope”? You get an audience! Wow! Who would have thunk it?

  • Sharon

    Get a life Jane, what does Sarah Palin have to do with this, or is your hatred so all consuming that you have to spout it at every opportunity, just makes you look like a venomous idiot.

  • Rudey

    I usually don’t watch these awards shows and I especially didn’t watch last night. I’m not surprised they had good ratings, but I didn’t care to watch what I thought would be a Whitney Houston tribute thrown together at the last minute along with accolades from phony celebrity types that would be gratuitous and self-serving.

    • JenniferPresents

      You missed out- I don’t either, but I’m a music lover. I thought I’ll just turn it off if it’s lame, and I couldn’t stop watching. It wasn’t a Whitney fest at all.

  • JenniferPresents

    I don’t know if her death had much to do with the ratings (RIP). They put on a phenomenal show last night, and it was obvious the audicence was having a great time as well. LL was a darling of a host- he did a great job, and the performances were just awesome. They did a fine job, and their tribute to Whitney was tasteful and poignant. Class act last night (except Nicki Minaj- what a nut job).

  • Ronald Williamson

    That means most people didn’t watch.

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  • Reason8200

    Useful id iot s known as Americans watch the grammy’s as their country burns. Did any of you slugs that watched this realize that this was nothing but an exploitation of Houston’s death so the network could make money selling commercials. It is no wonder with this many mindless slugs that the country is in the shape it is in.

  • General Zod

    Just like the World Cup in Europe? eh?

    If there’s so many ‘mindless slugs’ in America, then why is Europe is the same boat? Guess there’s just as many slugs there too. Or perhaps, it’s just your inferiority complex showing. Crawl back under your rock, troll.

    • Reason8200

      Zod, stay in your mommas basement. Morons like yourself apply the word ‘troll” to anyone that disagrees with you. All these people in music and hollywood who are crying for her now, did nothing to help a drug addicted alcoholic while she was alive.

  • seenbetterdaze

    Hollywood and music/entertainment industry must be full of evil…they seem to worship all that is immoral and satanic. That display by that minaj person was nothing for kids to be watching, for sure! Even the cartoon network has nasty stuff full of innuendoes aimed at little kids. No telling what they are watching on all their Ipads etc. How LOW America has fallen since the 60’s. Music is full of occult symbolism with the new artists such as Gaga and minaj. Hints of mind control abound. Look at how many have died…sadly.

  • WallyG

    Gee! A nd I missed again, for the umpteenth year in a row!

  • Michael

    If only they could kill a big star every year they’d kill the ratings. Was that out of line?

    • dam

      Naw, and CA could probably turn this into a Lotto bonanza if they started a Dead Pool for next year.

  • GozieBoy

    Rodent-like creature was okay, rest sucked.

  • Jerzey Boy

    Sad to say, but: Dying is such a great career move.

  • rightguard

    reality tv at its best.
    who can we get to O.D next year?

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