Sunday's CBS broadcast of the 54th annual Grammy Awards was seen by more than 39 million people, according to Nielsen's preliminary ratings that account for live and DVR viewing. It was the second most watched Grammy telecast since 1984 when 51.67 million people watched Jackson take home eight trophies. The following year's telecast pulled in 37 million and the last time the Grammys even topped 30 million was 1988.
The Grammy Awards ratings have spiked three years in a row after a roller-coaster ride through the early part of the decade. The 2011 telecast pulled in 26.67 million viewers while 2010 had 25.87 million tuning in after five consecutive years of less than 20.1 million viewers.