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Viewership for the 52nd annual Grammys rose dramatically, drawing its best audience since 2004 and continuing this awards season's uptick in the ratings.

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Early estimates show some 26.6 million viewers watched Sunday's telecast — a whopping 35 percent improvement over 2009's ceremony, which drew 19.1 million viewers. The big numbers led CBS to an easy victory, with ABC placing a distant second for the night.Desperate Housewives

(11.4 million viewers) was, as usual, the high spot for ABC's Sunday night, but it fell 3 percent from last week and tied a series low among 18-to-49-year-olds. Brothers & Sisters (7.7 million viewers) and Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (8.5 million) were down 8 and 12 percent, respectively.The lack of a big football lead-in audience hurt Fox, as all of its comedies were well below their season averages. Family Guy fared the best, pulling in 6.2 million viewers.NBC's two-hour Dateline pulled in 4.8 million viewers while a special sports-themed Saturday Night Live clip show drew 3 million viewers.