By Sandra Rose  | 

Cardi B (L) and Bruno Mars perform during the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards

As predicted, the 2018 Grammy Awards telecast was the lowest viewed in Grammy history. The 2018 Grammy Awards billed itself as the first-ever all rap and hip-hop telecast which aired live Sunday on CBS.

Pictured above are rapper Cardi B (left) and Bruno Mars who were among the diverse performers at Madison Square Garden. Bruno swept the awards with 6 trophies.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Sunday's broadcast of the Grammy Awards show pulled in just 19 million viewers -- a significant 27% drop from the 26 million viewers who tuned in to watch the 2016 awards ceremony.

Via -- The telecast, which ran a bloated three-and-a-half hours, was off by 24 percent from 2017 with adjusted numbers. With time zone adjustments taken into account, the telecast averaged 19.8 million viewers and a 5.9 rating among adults 18-49. The second stat marked a low for the show. Among total viewers, that number was down even more than overnight returns from Nielsen Media that it a 12.7 rating among households. It's the biggest drop for the Grammys since the 2013, the year after the show swelled following the death of Whitney Houston.

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  • Renee26

    I just want to know where they found those Cross Color outfits

  • Simone

    All of these TV, movies or music awards ceremonies have become too political. Grammys is supposed to be a celebration of music across all genres but now everyone has a political statement or speech to make. That's why I stopped watching.

  • Zeta Phi Beta 1920

    Yeah, well.
    Listen & Give the People what they want.

  • Zeta Phi Beta 1920

    Consignment Shop.

  • Whiplash(lacejagger)

    I fell asleep, after the Despacito performance.

  • Keisha Hannah

    Grammys has always been boring to watch.

  • Enoughsaid2020

    These award shows are way too long. I'm glad Bruno Mars, Dave Chapelle, and Kendrick Lamar won.

  • tintin

    Maybe everyone is like me and DVR it to watch later and skip through the boring stuff and commercials.

  • hottlanta

    West End Mall/ Old National or South DeKalb Mall in the ATl baby.

  • C Mack

    The Grammys were never officially billed as an all hip hop telecast. Trying to make a correlation that isn’t there. Pink, Elton John, Miley Cyrus, and other artists outside of hip hop performed.

  • 2telldatruth

    More like ALL country.

  • klwbaby

    On the Cross Colours website.

  • Dontgetdraggedhoe??

    Thats because most people expected them to give underseved awards again. NOW that they see a change next year's rating will go through the roof

  • iWasteTime

    Tony Bennett, Joanne Niece, Bono and 'em

  • iWasteTime

    She say, “Do you love me?” I tell her, “Only partly”
    I only love my bed and my momma, I'm sorry"

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Chile I was catching up on Wentworth on Netflix ... Shout out to Monique and her failed smear campaign chile ... I ain't watching no Grammy's

  • Phillybruh

    Still not going anywhere it will be on for another 60 years.

  • Mama Dee’s Wig Maker

    TINA!!!!! Sidenote: I am listening to Stevie's "Another Star" and she is on beat lol.

  • Cali

    I believe I read somewhere that DVR recording are actually counted in the final tally.

  • cherrypie

    Lmaooo...Who else didnt watch it last night but watched the performances on Youtube today???

  • E-VannaRootsAllEvil

    Is that good

  • Yardgirl

    That's what I do for ALL award shows!! I FF to the black people part, stop watch, FF again and so on and so on. The end. Ain't nobody got time to watch no 3 hr snoozefest.FOH.

  • Ni Ni

    I can't remember what i watched before i fell asleep on the couch, but it wasn't the grammys. Them same ole folks all the time is tied. I want to see more traditional artists, Johnny Gill, Joe, Ledisi, etc...perform, they still making good music.

  • iWasteTime

    New post, Grammy's 2018 Icon recipient

  • Dainese

    I wanted Cardi and SZA to win.
    Alessia Cara came out in 2016? 2017?
    How is she a new artist?

  • Kayke

    Sza first Album was 2012, how is she a new artist? Cardi came out same as Cara, but doesn't even have an album.

  • Li

    I watched the first hour then turned to my fave Shark Tank. Flipped back, but all the good acts appeared in the first hour.
    I don't think middle America (me) has caught up to this new music and the players. And most of the players won't be around for long, so we just don't care. And I'm sorry, I didn't understand a word Kendrick Lamarr rapped not one word. And I think that's why middle America is turned off from hip-hop.

    However, I did sit through the 3 hours of Grammy awards online, and I always watch that because I want to know about music I missed. I need to know about the Blues and Roots music, jazz, etc. and who's who. There was a jazz singer I had never heard of, Jazzmania Horn(?) and boy was she great. Those are the artists I want to know about. The awards online is the best show IMO.

  • Li

    You should watch the awards presentations, about 3 hours, on Very interesting the people who win those awards, people (I) never heard of.

  • Dainese

    Cardi was in her own 2 categories.

    SZA was in the new artist category so youd have to ask the Grammys how they came up with that one.

    And like I said up top.
    I wanted them to win.

  • Ghost

    DVR'd it and watched later..glad I did because I zipped through a lot of it...was not impressed but do LOVE Bruno Mars...

  • deanya

    Award shows are dead

  • Elevated Soul

    People are not tuning into these shows because many are tired of being knocked over the head,with liberal politics........I can't recall the last award show I have watched, because I want entertainment not politics.

  • teather

    Awards shows and politics have ZERO to do with it. Awards shows have been tired since artists stopped really singing during performances. You'd never see Patti Or Aretha or the 4 Tops or Stevie, lip sync ANYTHING! Michael J either. It's this electronic music BS that has the awards shows sucking like this. It's been YEARS since I've tuned in to one, CLEARLY! Y'all will waste your time and money on BS that feeds nothing in your spirit. That's the problem. Too eager to eat up and buy up their BS!

  • Smith Jane

    I can never understand a word KEndrick says... ever. That’s why I can’t co-sign the hype.

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Yep ...

  • Curious George

    I do NOT like Bruno Mars. I did not care for any of the other people performing. I skipped the Grammys.

  • ZZZ
  • Chile_Pleeze

    Alessia came out in 2015

  • Monique B


  • Monique B

    The cuban mexican chick, ICE is looking for you. LOL BE AFRAID!!

  • ZZZ

    She's Camila Cabello who use to sign with that awful group Fifth Harmony. LOLOLOLOL

  • JRock

    Same here. recorded it and zipped through what I didn't want to watch and zipped through the commercials. All told I probably watched a total of 20 minutes. Extremely boring.

  • Isignedup4this

    Sza is just now becoming somewhat mainstream.

  • GradyBaby
  • taurus_32

    Jeremy Scott(Moschino)

  • TMW

    I think it only counts if it’s watched within 24 hours of the recording. Now how they know that, I don’t know,

  • Kayke

    None of that matters....just stating that even the folks you wanted to win did not fit your criteria of a new artist.

  • Allihave2say

    So Cardi is pregnant?

  • Tequila Mockingbird

    Of course ratings were low. Everything is so political now. BORIING!

  • AG

    Don’t they fall every year?

  • suganspice68

    She look awful plump,I am also wondering if she is pregnant.

  • suganspice68

    IKR! ICE ain't playing.

  • Reina1718

    Im glad migos or Cardi didnt win bcuz we would b hearing another song about how they so great & got a grammy... im so over mumble rap, drug rap, tadii stations play those songs so much! Hypnotizing the youth with this nonsense

  • Torae

    Cardi B on stage was like a high school talent show. Standards are so low for music and their mediocre talent.

  • Doink_Ahanahue

    Or you can go to YouTube and just get the clips of the artists performing you want to see. Just another option.

  • free

    i'm trying to figure out how these artists come home with 6 grammys and 8 grammys in a night. this shyt is a farce or the industry is totally shytty right now.

  • You already know ?

    That Shit is such a joke nowadays ?????

  • You already know ?

    No real talent with out the help of computers, and machines in the studio!... IJS ??????????

  • You already know ?

    Been dead for a while now ????????

  • Trace da Ace

    did I watch?? I care...NO.....will I watch next year....NO.....I will just come on here and see the reviews....I am satisfied.

  • Renee26

    Wow...What happened to the original designer?? Was the brotha not available?

  • Karen Brady

    Doesn't look like Cardi. Didn't watch one second of it. NEXT.

  • Crazy tee

    I forgot to watch it

  • Yup, I said it

    People still wear that stuff. My ccoworker still wears South Pole like is dope as f#k, but sadly we all send inter office chats to each other about it.

  • Renee26

    LMAO ya'll so wrong!

  • Daryl Campbell

    These awards shows are nothing more than vaudeville for the untalented.