Ratings: Grammys rock the house

Sunday night's The 49th Annual Grammy Awards scored the best ratings the awards show has seen in years, earning and 8.3 rating in adults 18-49 and 20.1 million viewers overall, ccording to Nielsen Research. That's 15 percent better than it did last year, when the telecast was up against American Idol on a Wednesday.

CBS took the nightly crown by a wide margin. ABC, Sunday's usual champ, did well with Desperate Housewives, in at a 7.1 with 18.1 million viewers overall.

At 8 p.m., CBS scored an 8.3 rating for the first hour of the Grammys, while ABC took a 6.2 for Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. Fox earned a combined 3.5 average for The Simpsons and The King of the Hill. NBC scored a 2.0 for reality show Grease: You're The One That I Want, and the CW took a 1.0 for 7th Heaven.

At 9 p.m., CBS scored an 8.9 for the second hour of The Grammys, and ABC took a 7.1 for Desperate Housewives. Fox notched a combined 3.6 average for Family Guy and American Dad, while NBC scored a 2.4 for The Apprentice and CW earned a 0.6 for a repeat of Beauty and the Geek.

At 10 p.m., CBS grabbed an 8.4 for the last hour of the Grammys. ABC scored a 4.5 for Brothers & Sisters, and NBC took a 2.5 for Crossing Jordan.

Overall, CBS took a in 7.1 rating/17 share in 18-49s, with 19 million total average viewers; ABC, 5.4/13, 14.3 million; Fox, 3.0/7, 6.5 million; NBC, 2.2/5, 6.9 million; CW, 0.9/2, 2.4 million.

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Desperate stayed good. What about different show repeats @ 9 on the cw instead of batg or antm?
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Grease in fourth place is what it diserves ruining a great movie.
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No surpise because all the big award shows and the super bowl get big ratings
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So great to see the Dixie Chicks WIN!!! I'm SOOO happy for them after all that has happened... They TOTALLY deserve it...
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Police aren't too great, but they're damn sure better than Dixie Chicks. They had a few good songs I guess
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I've never been a big fan of the police, but they have some great songs. I was watching Battlestar at 10 though.
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Dixie Chicks did great
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I'm glad to see The police together again :D
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I watched just to see The Police and the Dixie Chicks. Their performances were great!
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I only watched it so that I could see the Police performe live, when they were a group and touring, I wasn't alive.
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The Grammys were actually good this year.
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CBS cleaned up. The CW ouch.
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I missed the Police though I hurd some of it but the rest was terrible. The Simpsons & King Of The Hill was great yesterday.
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rocker:

Obviously 20 million people would.
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The police were good everything else was horrible.
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who would watch another stupid award show?
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Great to see The Police back
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