Ratings Watch: Grammy Awards, ‘Walking Dead’ Lead the Week

Ratings Watch

Music’s biggest night held steady in its move to Monday this year.

The 58th annual Grammy Awards averaged 26.3 million viewers this year, when three days of time-shifted viewing is included. That’s down slightly from 26.7 million last year, when it aired on a Sunday.

This year’s show ran on Monday, Feb. 15, and was also the first year that CBS offered the Grammys live to stations on the west coast.

The show was moved to Monday because recording academy officials and CBS wanted to avoid Valentine’s Day, and also thought Feb. 15 made sense because it was a holiday (President’s Day). Of course, the real reason went unsaid: AMC’s juggernaut The Walking Dead returned on Feb. 14, and the Grammys’ viewership would have likely been hurt.

Indeed, although the Grammys won the week ending Feb. 21 among total viewers, The Walking Dead was tops with adults 18-49.

Meanwhile, even though it was a holiday, Monday was also good for The X-Files and The Bachelor, both of which also landed in the top 25. (Granted, The Bachelor was down from last week’s 9.8 million due to the competition).

Here are the top 25 shows (including Live+3 DVR and VOD data) among total viewers and adults 18-49 for the week of February 15 through 21, 2016.

Total viewers chart:

RANK

SHOW & NETWORK

LIVE+3
DAYS
DVR/VOD

WATCHED
LIVE/
SAME
DAY

1

58th Grammy AwardsCBS

26.3

25.0

2

NCISCBS

20.0

17.3

3

The Big Bang TheoryCBS

19.5

15.2

4

The Walking DeadAMC

18.4

13.5

5

NCIS: New OrleansCBS

15.7

13.4

6

Blue BloodsCBS

14.2

10.7

7

Madam SecretaryCBS

12.3

10.7

8

Hawaii Five-OCBS

11.3

8.9

9

60 MinutesCBS

11.0

10.7

10

Life in PiecesCBS

10.8

9.3

11

Grey’s AnatomyABC

10.6

7.8

12

Chicago FireNBC

10.5

7.5

13

MomCBS

Modern FamilyABC

Chicago P.D.NBC

10.3

10.3

10.3

8.7

7.5

7.5

16

The BlacklistNBC

The Good WifeCBS

10.2

10.2

6.0

7.9

18

Law & Order: SVUNBC

10.1

7.7

19

SurvivorCBS

10.0

8.3

20

American Idol (Thursday)Fox

American Idol (Wednesday)Fox

9.8

9.8

8.2

8.2

22

The X-FilesFox

9.7

7.1

23

Chicago MedNBC

ScandalABC

ElementaryCBS

The BachelorABC

8.9

8.9

8.9

8.9

6.7

6.1

5.9

6.1

Total viewers; in millions

Adults 18-49 chart:

RANK

SHOW & NETWORK

LIVE+3
DAYS
DVR/VOD

RATING

WATCHED
LIVE/
SAME
DAY

RATING

1

The Walking DeadAMC

9.2

6.6

2

58th Grammy AwardsCBS

8.1

7.7

3

The Big Bang TheoryCBS

5.3

3.8

4

Modern FamilyABC

3.6

2.4

5

Grey’s AnatomyABC

3.3

2.2

6

The X-FilesFox

3.2

2.1

7

Talking DeadAMC

3.1

2.7

8

The BachelorABC

3.0

2.2

9

NCISCBS

The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story

2.9

2.9

2.3

1.3

11

ScandalABC

2.8

1.8

12

How to Get Away with MurderABC

2.7

1.5

13

The GoldbergsABC

Life in PiecesCBS

Law & Order: SVUNBC

2.6

2.6

2.6

2.0

2.1

1.7

16

American Idol (Wednesday)Fox

Black-ishABC

NCIS: New OrleansCBS

SurvivorCBS

The BlacklistNBC

2.5

2.5

2.5

2.5

2.5

2.0

1.8

2.0

1.9

1.3

21

American Idol (Thursday)Fox

LuciferFox

Chicago P.D.NBC

Chicago FireNBC

2.4

2.4

2.4

2.4

2.0

1.6

1.6

1.6

25

The MiddleABC

MomCBS

2.3

2.3

1.9

1.8

Adults 18-49; ratings points