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TV Ratings: Grammys Hold Steady With 2015

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Bruno Mars holds up the award for the Record of the Year, Uptown Funk onstage during the 58th Annual Grammy music Awards in Los Angeles on Feb. 15, 2016.  

The three-plus-hour telecast is in line with the previous year's early returns.

In its move to Sunday and a coast-to-coast live telecast, the 2016 Grammys appear to have held steady in the ratings. The CBS airing averaged a 16.1 overnight rating among Nielsen's metered market households on Monday night (Feb. 15). That's just a hair off from the early numbers last year, a 16.7 overnight rating that ultimately translated to a six-year low for the music kudos.

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Monday also marked the first time in a while that the CBS telecast aired live on both coasts. Falling on a national holiday, the move was obviously designed to lift numbers — especially in light of 2015's six-year lows for the music awards. All told, that telecast averaged a 8.5 rating among adults 18-49 and 25.3 million viewers.

However disappointing that low, the Grammys remain a TV powerhouse — the second-highest rated award show telecast of the TV calendar, trailing only the Oscars in the power rankings. Monday's Grammys easily rank as the top-rated entertainment telecast of 2016 thus far.

More to come, including time-zone adjusted viewership for the 2016 Grammys.

The article originally appears on The Hollywood Reporter.

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