LOS ANGELES — Without ‘‘American Idol’’ to worry about, the Grammy Awards bounced back strongly in the ratings this year. An estimated 20.1 million people watched the Dixie Chicks take home every trophy they were eligible for last night. That’s up 18 percent over last season, according to Nielsen Media Research. ...
Last year Grammy organizers decided to go head-to-head with ‘‘American Idol’’ on a Wednesday night and were clobbered; the telecast’s 17 million viewers represented the smallest audience in the show’s history.
This year the Grammys moved back to Sunday night. The show even gave a nod of respect to ‘‘American Idol’’ by holding a contest where an amateur singer had a spotlight duet with Justin Timberlake.
The Grammy audience was also up over 2005 (18.8 million), when it was competing against ‘‘Desperate Housewives’’ in that show’s popular first season.