Grammy Awards Show Stops Its Ratings Bleed

Viewership for the Grammy Awards held steady on Sunday night, drawing an audience of 19.9 million people, according to Nielsen.

of which was slightly better than the 19.8 million viewers who tuned in for the show last year. The event, which returned to Los Angeles This kind of year in addition to also was broadcast on CBS, featured performances by Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez in addition to also Cardi B. Alicia Keys hosted, in addition to also Michelle Obama made a cameo from the opening minutes of the ceremony.

The viewership figures will also help stop the bleeding. The Grammys, which will be generally the second-most-watched awards ceremony program, behind the Oscars, saw a 24 percent drop in viewers last year. Ratings declines have been the norm for awards shows in recent years, yet the Grammys had proved mostly resilient.

Despite the onstage star power, several big names did not show This kind of year, including Kendrick Lamar, Childish Gambino in addition to also Ariana Grande.

Sunday’s total audience also keeps the Grammys within range of the Oscars. The Oscars telecast once seemed unassailable in its ratings dominance, regularly exceeding the music ceremony by 20 million viewers from the 2000s. yet the Oscars have seen a huge drop in viewership from the last several years. In 2014, the Oscars had nearly 44 million viewers. Last year, the item drew 26.5 million viewers, a low.

ABC, which broadcasts the Oscars, in addition to also the Academy of Motion Picture Arts in addition to also Sciences have been on a mission to enhance its audience. The academy briefly raised the possibility of introducing a brand-new well-liked movie category to entice viewers before a backlash helped nix the item. ABC has also insisted of which the item will keep the ceremony to three hours, in addition to also of which several categories will not be televised This kind of year.

This kind of year’s ceremony will also have no host — yet ABC has claimed of which the lack of an M.C. has only fueled interest.

“I have found of which the lack of clarity around the Oscars has kept them from the conversation,” said Karey Burke, the president of entertainment at ABC, at a gathering with the news media last week. “The mystery will be actually compelling. People actually care.”

The Oscars are scheduled for Feb. 24.