Post-Whitney Grammys draws massive audience

2012 Grammy Awards Show
Nicki Minaj performs during the 54th annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 12, 2012 in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)

A Grammy Awards show fueled by tributes to Whitney Houston drew monster ratings Sunday night, with CBS, citing preliminary Nielsens reporting the largest audience for the show since 1984 and the second-highest viewership for the show ever. (According to Entertainment Weekly, that's a 44 percent increase from last year.)

The network said that preliminary reports indicated that the show drew more than 39 million viewers between 8 and 11 p.m.