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Grammy aud best in a decade: 26.6 million

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CBS’ broadcast of the Grammys on Sunday drew that event’s biggest audience in 10 years.

According to preliminary nationals from Nielsen, “The 53rd Annual Grammy Awards” drew 26.6 million viewers, the most since 2001. The broadcast, which recorded a 10.0 rating and 26 share among adults 18-49, also had its best numbers in key demos since 2004, CBS said.

The bump in overall viewers was approximately 680,000 or 3% from 2010.

Click here for Brian Lowry’s review of the broadcast for Variety. And Rick Kissell’s Sunday primetime ratings report is here.

Update: CBS now puts its updated number at 26.7 million, the highest in 11 years.

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