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One admittedly grumpy critic called out the Grammys as "lousy." One news site settled for "strange." And another said the show "went splat."
So, Lady Gaga's egg antics, Cee Lo's Muppet show and Esperanza Spalding's Justin Bieber takedown must've really bombed, huh?
Not. At. All.
The occasionally bleeped telecast averaged a whopping 26.7 million viewers, final numbers show. That's up a bit from last year, and, per CBS, represents the biggest Grammy audience in 10—no, make that—11 years.
The show did best among the Mick Jagger- and Barbra Streisand-aged crowd; it was weakest among teen boys, who clearly didn't know their hated Bieber was going to go down to defeat.
As for the reviews, they weren't all bad.
The New Yorker, for one, decided the show was—high-praise alert!—"not bad." And Vanity Fair thought the Oscars could even learn some lessons from the telecast.
Oh, we surely hope James Franco is planning to get his Gaga on.