The Grammys garnered more television viewers than the Oscars this year for the first time since 1984, posting 39.9 million viewers compared to the Academy's 39.3 million, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
Despite being on the other side of the comparison for the first time since Michael Jackson moonwalked across the Grammy stage, the Oscars' viewership actually went up over last year's James Franco/Anne Hathaway spectacle, posting a four percent increase over the 37.9 million the awards garnered in 2011.
This year's Grammys stood as something of an anomaly, with Whitney Houston's death the day before the broadcast pushing more interest to the event as producers scrambled to try to bring together a last-minute tribute to the singer. Yet despite only eking out a small win over the long-dominant Oscars, the Grammys soared in advertisers' favored 18-49 demographic, bringing in a 14.1 rating (its highest since 1990) as opposed to last night's Billy Crystal-helmed broadcast, which came out with a 10.7 rating (which was, nevertheless, the same as last year's preliminary Oscar numbers).
This year's Oscars was still its second-highest rated broadcast since 2007, though even that mark was outshone by the resurgent Grammys, which nabbed its second-highest rated broadcast of all time this year.