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Updated: Whitney Houston tribute sees Grammy Awards score huge ratings

By and Tom Eames
Jennifer Hudson performs "I Will Always Love You" during the In Memoriam portion of the 54th annual Grammy Awards

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The Grammy Awards 2012 was the second most-watched ceremony in its 54-year history, Nielsen overnight data indicates.

This year's event on CBS, airing a day after Whitney Houston's death, was seen by 41.2 million viewers and an 18-49-adults demo rating of 14.4 from 9pm.

Featuring an emotional Houston tribute from Jennifer Hudson, the Grammys pulled in its biggest audience since 1984, which attracted 51.7m.

The Tiffany Network also performed well in the 7pm hour, with 60 Minutes appealing to a higher-than-usual 14.5m (2.9).

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Once Upon a Time held up fairly well for ABC with 8.6m (3.0), but Desperate Housewives and Pan Am crashed to respective all-time lows of 6.3m (1.8) and 2.7m (0.7).

On Fox, The Cleveland Show (2.7m/1.2), The Simpsons (4.3m/2.0), Napoleon Dynamite (3.8m/1.7), Family Guy (5m/2.5) and American Dad (3.5m/1.7) all recorded season lows.

Meanwhile, a two-hour Dateline on NBC interested 2.1m (1.6) from 7pm, then 3.5m (1.5) watched Fear Factor until 11pm.

Update: AMC's The Walking Dead continued its impressive run by breaking cable viewing records. The mid-season premiere episode brought in 8.1m (4.2) at 9pm, making it the most watched drama telecast in cable history.
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