The 54th Annual Grammy Awards scored its second-highest ratings ever Sunday as the music industry paid tribute to Whitney Houston, while the midseason premiere of The Walking Dead scared up big numbers as well.Jennifer Hudson performed "I Will Always Love You" in the six-time Grammy winner's honor.On cable, The Walking Dead's winter premiere drew 8.1 million viewers — up from the 7.3 million who watched the fall opener. It also scored 5.4 million viewers in the demo and 4.4 million viewers in the adults 25-to-54 demo, making it the strongest telecast for any drama in basic cable history. The series premiere of Kevin Smith's Comic Book Men followed the zombie hit with 2 million viewers and a 1.3 rating.8 p.m.
CBS: 54th Annual Grammy Awards 39 million viewers (14.1 demo rating) [8-11:30 p.m.]ABC: Once Upon a Time 8.64 million viewers (3.0)Fox: The Simpsons 4.3 million viewers (2.0); Napoleon Dynamite 3.8 million viewers (1.7)NBC: Dateline 2.05 million (1.6) [7-9 p.m.]
ABC: Desperate Housewives 6.3 million viewers (1.7)
Fox: Family Guy 5 million viewers (2.5); American Dad! 3.5 million viewers (1.7)
NBC: Fear Factor 3.7 million viewers (1.5) [9-11 p.m.]
ABC: Pan Am 2.7 million (0.7)