Grammy Awards ratings down sharply from 2017 in early Nielsen numbers

Viewership of Sunday’s 60th annual Grammy Awards looks to be down significantly from the 2017 telecast, according to preliminary Nielsen numbers.

The show in Nielsen’s overnight metered markets averaged 12.7 household rating and 21 share in the 56 overnight metered markets, which cover about 70% of U.S. TV households. That’s down from a 16 household rating for the 2017 telecast.

Despite the drop, the Grammy telecast that handed big wins to hitmaker Bruno Mars still gathered a big crowd that will rank among TV’s most-watched events of the year. CBS handily won Sunday night against mostly repeat competition on the Big Four networks.

More detailed national ratings for the three and a half hour Grammycast will be released later this morning.

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NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 28: Rita Ora and Andrew Watt head to a post-Grammy party on January 28, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Gotham/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 28: Recording Artist Dupa Lipa attends the Universal Music Group's 2018 After Party to celebrate the Grammy Awards presented by American Airlines and Citi at Spring Studios in New York City on January 28, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Brian Ach/Getty Images for Universal Music Group)
Eve attends the Universal after party after the 60th Grammy awards ceremony in New York on January 28, 2018 / AFP PHOTO / Steven FERDMAN (Photo credit should read STEVEN FERDMAN/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 29: Normani Kordei attends the 60th Annual Grammy Awards after party hosted by Benny Blanco and Diplo with SVEDKA Vodka and Interscope Records on January 29, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for SVEDKA Vodka)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 28: Camila Cabello is seen in the Meat Packing District on January 28, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Gotham/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 28: Erykah Badu performs at Universal Music Group's 2018 After Party to celebrate the Grammy Awards supported by The House Of Remy Martin at Spring Studios on January 28, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Johnny Nunez/Getty Images for Remy Martin)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 28: Comedians Sarah Silverman (L) and Dave Chappelle attend Universal Music Group's 2018 After Party to celebrate the Grammy Awards supported by The House Of Remy Martin at Spring Studios on January 28, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Johnny Nunez/Getty Images for Remy Martin)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 28: Andrew Taggart (L) and Alex Pall are seen in the Meat Packing District on January 28, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Gotham/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 28: Ryan Hurd (L) and Maren Morris are seen in the Meat Packing District on January 28, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Gotham/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 28: Iskra Lawrence is seen in the Meat Packing District on January 28, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Gotham/GC Images)

Jasmine Sanders (center) and Terrance J (right) celebrated music's biggest night at LIV on Sunday at Marquee NY with specialty cocktails served by Tanqueray No. TEN.

(Credit: Marquee NY/Chris Lavado)

NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 28: Kesha is seen in the Meat Packing District on January 28, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Gotham/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 29: Rita Ora attends the 60th Annual Grammy Awards after party hosted by Benny Blanco and Diplo with SVEDKA Vodka and Interscope Records on January 29, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for SVEDKA Vodka)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 28: Actor Jessica Williams attends the Universal Music Group's 2018 After Party to celebrate the Grammy Awards presented by American Airlines and Citi at Spring Studios in New York City on January 28, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Brian Ach/Getty Images for Universal Music Group)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 29: Thomas Rhett attends the 60th Annual Grammy Awards after party hosted by Benny Blanco and Diplo with SVEDKA Vodka and Interscope Records on January 29, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for SVEDKA Vodka)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 29: Diplo (L) and Dua Lipa attend the 60th Annual Grammy Awards after party hosted by Benny Blanco and Diplo with SVEDKA Vodka and Interscope Records on January 29, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for SVEDKA Vodka)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 28: (L-R) Musical artists Ryan Hurd and Maren Morris, CEO of Sony Music Entertainment Rob Stringer, Chairman and CEO of Sony Music Nashville Randy Goodman, and Manager Janet Weir attend the Sony Music Entertainment 2018 Post-Grammy Reception on January 28, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 28: Comedian Dave Chappelle attends the Universal Music Group's 2018 After Party To Celebrate the Grammy Awards presented by American Airlines and Citi at Spring Studios in New York City on January 28, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Brian Ach/Getty Images for Universal Music Group)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 28: Recording artist Maren Morris attends the Universal Music Group's 2018 After Party to celebrate the Grammy Awards presented by American Airlines and Citi at Spring Studios in New York City on January 28, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Brian Ach/Getty Images for Universal Music Group)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 28: Rita Ora and Andrew Watt head to a post-Grammy party on January 28, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Gotham/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 28: Recording artists Young Paris (L) and Eve attends Universal Music Group's 2018 After Party to celebrate the Grammy Awards supported by The House Of Remy Martin at Spring Studios on January 28, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Johnny Nunez/Getty Images for Remy Martin)
Jack Gilinsky and Jack Johnson attend the Universal after party after the 60th Grammy awards ceremony in New York on January 28, 2018 / AFP PHOTO / Steven FERDMAN (Photo credit should read STEVEN FERDMAN/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 28: Drew Taggart, Adam Alpert, and Alex Pall of The Chainsmokers attend the Sony Music Entertainment 2018 Post-Grammy Reception on January 28, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Bennett Raglin/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 28: Rachel Platten is seen in the Meat Packing District on January 28, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Gotham/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 28: Rihanna seen at 1-Oak nightclub after partying with rumor boyfriend Hassan Jameel after attending the 2018 Grammy Awards after party on January 28, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Robert Kamau/GC Images)
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