CBS’ Grammy Awards telecast drew the largest audience for a non-sports, non-Super Bowl Sunday prime-time program of the 2018-19 television season, slightly increasing viewership from last year, according to live-plus-same-day figures released by Nielsen Tuesday.
Sunday’s ceremony at Staples Center averaged 19.88 million viewers, according to live-plus-same-day figures released Tuesday by Nielsen. The 2018 ceremony averaged 19.803 million viewers, the smallest Grammy audience since 2009.
CBS will release a preliminary out-of-home and digital report this week that will give a much fuller picture of the Grammys total viewership across all platforms.
An increasing number of people are watching network programming on a streaming basis. Nielsen has recently started providing out-of-home viewership figures for selected programming.
CBS also had the week’s other two prime-time broadcast programs to average more than 10 million viewers — “The Big Bang Theory,” which averaged a season-high 14.161 million viewers, and “Young Sheldon,” which averaged 12.135 million viewers, also a season high.
NBC had each of the next three most-watched prime-time broadcast programs, ” America’s Got Talent: The Champions,” which averaged 9.826 million viewers, “Chicago Med,” which averaged 9.377 million, and “Chicago Fire,” which averaged 8.799 million.
“The Masked Singer” was Fox’s most-watched program for the fourth consecutive week, averaging 7.139 million viewers, 10th among broadcast programs airing between Feb. 4 and Sunday.
ABC’s most-watched program was the medical drama “Grey’s Anatomy,” 12th among broadcast programs, averaging 6.855 million viewers.
In a week when prime-time schedules were scrambled for coverage of President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address last Tuesday, CBS averaged 7.67 million viewers to be the most-watched network for the fourth consecutive week and the ninth time in the 20-week-old 2018-19 season.
NBC was second, averaging 4.89 million, followed by ABC, which averaged 4.07 million, and Fox, which averaged 2.79 million.
CBS aired 20 hours, eight minutes of prime-time programming for ratings purposes, NBC 20 hours, seven minutes, ABC 20 hours, 20 minutes, and Fox 14 hours.
Because it is aired without commercials, viewership for the State of the Union is not included in the weekly average for the broadcast networks.
The State of the Union averaged 46.8 million viewers on the 12 networks that aired live coverage, a 2.7 percent increase from the 2018 address that averaged 45.551 million.
CBS’ regional coverage of the first two games of the Alliance of American Football was Saturday’s most-watched prime-time program, averaging 3.25 million viewers, 45th among broadcast programs.
ABC’s coverage of the Houston Rockets-Oklahoma City Thunder NBA game that ran opposite the Alliance of American Football games averaged 2.667 million viewers, 56th for the week.
The first episode of the CBS talent competition “The World’s Best,” in its regular 8 p.m. Wednesday time slot, finished second in the time slot and 21st for the week, averaging 5.516 million viewers.
The premiere of “The World’s Best” following Super Bowl LIII averaged 22.206 million viewers, the most for a series premiere on any network since the premiere of the alternative series “Undercover Boss” on CBS on Feb. 7, 2010, following Super Bowl XLIV.
While the State of the Union was not included in the broadcast ratings, it was in the cable ratings, with an average of 11.291 million viewers watching the 83-minute address on Fox News Channel, the week’s most-watched cable program and fourth among all prime-time programs.
Four other elements of Fox News Channel’s State of the Union accounted for the rest of the week’s five most-watched cable programs.
Fox News Channel was the most-watched cable network for the fourth consecutive week, averaging 3.135 million viewers.
MSNBC was second, averaging 2.021 million. HGTV finished third, averaging 1.359 million.
The most-watched Spanish-language prime-time program was the Univision dance competition “Mira Quien Baila” which averaged 2.077 million viewers, 64th among broadcast programs.
Univision was the most-watched Spanish-language network for the 15th consecutive week, averaging 1.54 million viewers. Telemundo finished second, averaging 1.17 million viewers, followed by UniMas, which averaged 400,000, Estrella TV, which averaged 280,000, and Azteca America, which averaged 60,000.
ABC’s “World News Tonight with David Muir” was the most-watched network nightly newscast for the 11th consecutive week and 62nd time in the past 63 weeks, averaging 9.416 million viewers.
The “NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt” was second, averaging 8.761 million viewers.
The “CBS Evening News” averaged 6.743 million viewers. It has finished third each week since the week of Sept. 25-29, 2006.
The week’s 10 most-watched prime-time programs were the Grammy Awards, “The Big Bang Theory” and “Young Sheldon”; Fox News Channel’s coverage of the State of the Union and a nine-minute analysis of the address; NBC’s “America’s Got Talent: The Champions”; a seven-minute preview of the State of the Union on Fox News Channel; NBC’s “Chicago Med” and “Chicago Fire”; and Fox News Channel’s coverage of the Democratic response to the State of the Union.