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Grammy Awards TV Audience Drops Sharply, Nears Record Low

Bruno Mars accepts the award for record of the year for "24K Magic" at the 60th annual Grammy Awards at Madison Square Garden in New York, Jan. 28, 2018.

The U.S. television audience for Sunday's Grammy Awards show on CBS Corp. fell by more than eight million viewers and could be one of the lowest audiences on record, early Nielsen ratings data showed Monday.

Variety and reported that 17.6 million Americans tuned in for the three-and-a-half-hour broadcast, a more than 30 percent drop from 2017 when some 26.1 million television viewers watched.

If the early figures are confirmed when final data comes out later Monday, it will be the least-watched Grammy Awards show since 2008, when 17.2 million people saw the television broadcast.

The lowest audience for any Grammy Awards show came in 2006, which drew an audience of 17 million.

Sunday's 60th anniversary Grammy Awards, staged in New York, saw R&B singer Bruno Mars win six statuettes, while rapper Kendrick Lamar won five. Jay-Z, who had gone into the show with eight nominations, won nothing.

Audiences for the Grammys had risen in 2016 and 2017.