The telcast, featuring Adele and Beyonce, comes within 1 percent of the 2016 show.

With no shortage of star power, the 2017 Grammys dominated the dial Sunday night — providing broadcast TV another destination live telecast on the heels of last week’s Super Bowl.

Compared to last year, ratings for the CBS telecast look to be close to even — shedding less than 1 percent in early returns with an average 16.0 overnight rating among Nielsen’s metered market households between 8 and 11:45 p.m. ET. The 2016 Grammys, which earned an overnight 16.1 rating, ultimately fetched 24.95 million viewers.

This year’s Grammys marked a return to Sunday for the show — and a new host. The 2016 telecast took place on a Monday, to accommodate the long President’s Day weekend, and marked the end of LL Cool J’s five-year stint as master of ceremonies. CBS sidelined the NCIS: Los Angeles star for current musical golden boy James Corden. The Late Late Show host stepped into the roll this year after a successful go at the Tonys in 2016.


Though the Grammys have held remarkably steady for the last four years,  the 2016 telecast technically ranked as a seven-year low for the annual kudos and performance extravaganza. Still, “music’s biggest night” is also one of TV’s — regularly ranking behind only the Oscars, the NFL and a few marquee sporting events on the list of most-watched and highest rated telecasts.

Full viewership and demo ratings for the 2017 Grammys will arrive later Monday.


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