It is estimated that only 18.8 million people watched the Grammys this past Sunday. This represents a 28 percent drop from the 2004 Grammys. The previous two years were on the rise, and may be a harbinger for the upcoming Academy Awards next week.
The Grammys featured live performances by Alicia Keys, Kanye West, Usher with James Brown, U2 and Green Day. In fact Bono said of the night, "I think this is the best Grammys we've ever seen."
Although "Desperate Housewives" drew more viewers than the awards show, when it was over, very few people switched over.
According to an AP report, this trend continues for awards shows, the most recent Emmys, Golden Globes and American Music Awards all had disappointing viewership.
Are people just tired of all the redundant awards shows? It seems there's a new one every season. Spike TV's even giving awards to inanimate objects (read: cars). Perhaps the public is tired of hearing all of the file-sharing nonsense put forth by the RIAA and MPAA. Perhaps we've just given up on the whole "organized media presentation" thing. I like my music underground and my TV based squarely on reality.