in ,

Ratings: Peak Grammys Portion Featured Little Big Town, Eagles, Tori Kelly & James Bay,

Little Big Town [CBS]

Last year, the 8:30-9PM half hour was the highest-rated and most-watched portion of the Grammy Awards broadcast.

This year, those honors belonged to the 9PM-9:30PM half-hour.

Inclusive of Little Big Town’s performance, the Pentatonix/Stevie Wonder moment, the Song Of The Year award reveal, the Eagles tribute, Tori Kelly and James Bay’s performance and the beginning of the “Hamilton” segment, the 9PM half-hour drew a show-leading 8.7 adults 18-49 rating and 28.756 million total viewers.

Featuring the balance of the “Hamilton” performance, Kendrick Lamar’s performance, the award for best musical theater album, Gwen Stefani’s live video, Miguel’s Michael Jackson tribute, the award for Best Rock Performance, and the beginning of Adele’s performance, the 9:30-10PM half-hour was #2 in both columns. It drew an 8.4 rating and 27.005 million total viewers.

The night’s other segments:

10-10:30PM – 8.1 in A18-49 (#3), 25.820 million (#4): Adele’s performance, Justin Bieber/Skrillex/Diplo’s performance, Best New Artist, Lady Gaga’s David Bowie tribute

8:30-9PM – 8.0 in A18-49 (#4), 26.519 million (#3): Andra Day/Ellie Goulding’s performance, Best Country Album, Lionel Richie tribute

8:00-8:30PM – 7.1 in A18-49 (#5), 24.653 million (#5): Taylor Swift’s performance, Best Rap Album, Carrie Underwood & Sam Hunt’s performance, The Weeknd’s performance

10:30-11PM – 7.0 in A18-49 (#6), 22.367 million (#6): BB King tribute, Alabama Shakes’ performance, The Hollywood Vampires’ performance

11-11:30PM – 6.6 in A18-49 (#7), 19.537 million (#7): Joey Alexander’s performance, In Memoriam segment, Album of The Year, Record Of The Year, Pitbull/Joe Perry/Robin Thicke/Travis Barker’s performance

Written by Brian Cantor

Brian Cantor is the editor-in-chief for Headline Planet. He has been a leading reporter in the music, movie, television and sporting spaces since 2002.

Brian's reporting has been cited by major websites like BuzzFeed, Billboard, the New Yorker and The Fader -- and shared by celebrities like Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber and Nicki Minaj.

Contact Brian at brian.cantor[at]


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


Ratings: “The Shannara Chronicles” Falls, “Teen Wolf” Rises

Zara Larsson & MNEK, Lukas Graham Headed For Top 30 at Pop Radio