Monday, April 22, 2024

Grammy Show Huge Hit: Up More than 30% from 2023, Highs Around 18 Million in Overnight Ratings


The Grammy Awards show was a huge hit last night on CBS.

With no football or Taylor Swift performing, the show went through the roof ratings wise.

Fast overnight numbers from CBS affiliates show 15 million people were watching the entire night. That’s up more than 30% from last year. At one point during the In Memoriam, 18 million were watching the show.

The interest was not just from Swift fans, but in all the stars. There was nothing offensive, no Satanic videos, no porn for once. Everything was tasteful. There was nothing political.

Also, the show stressed legacy stars Joni Mitchell, Billy Joel, Stevie Wonder, Tracy Chapman, Annie Lennox and so on. This is what the Grammys always needed, a balance between new acts and older ones. And it worked.

These numbers will increase when everything comes in from around the country. But looking at the iTunes charts you can see the impact the show had on the audience. Congrats to producer Ben Winston for righting the ship, even during a monsoon!

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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