A highly touted tribute to Whitney Houston, P!nk/Kelly Clarkson duet, and Diana Ross lifetime achievement honors were undoubtedly among the draws that lured viewers into this year’s American Music Awards.
Hosted by ‘Black-ish’ star Tracee Ellis Ross, the showing – which also featured stage-blazing performances from chart-toppers Shawn Mendes, Lady Gaga, Demi Lovato, Selena Gomez, and more – saw a notable improvement in ratings compared to last year’s abysmal 8.18 million (the lowest in its nearly 45 year history).
Curious to see just how many tuned in to see their faves slay the AMA stage? Look inside:
Viewership = 9.15 million
Although the figures come as the ceremony’s second lowest viewership, it’s always worth noting when an award show’s ratings go up (a rarity). And, suffice it to say, the show did win the night’s ratings war among non-news or sports-related broadcasts.