Looks like the WGA strike didn’t help the Grammys as well, when it comes to television viewing: Nielsen Media Research said Monday that preliminary estimates indicate the 50th Grammy Awards was watched by only 17.5 million people. Viewership is down from the 20 million people who watched last year. The show had 17.3 million viewers in 1995. That would make it the third least- watched Grammy Awards ever if later estimates confirm those numbers.
The most trophies went to Amy Winehouse. Album of the year went to veteran jazzman Herbie Hancock for his Joni Mitchell tribute disc.
Even thought the ratings were low, however, they were still first in households (10.5/17), viewers (17.54m), adults 25-54 (7.2/16), adults 18-49 (6.6/16) and adults 18-34 (5.7/15).