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CBS' Grammy nomination ratings slide 21% as Eminem tops roster

December 2, 2010 |  9:57 am

Wednesday's Grammy nominations may have represented a big "Recovery" for Eminem, but more viewers opted for "Law & Order."

CBS' Grammy nominations concert at 10 p.m. -- where the rapper's "Recovery" album topped the nominations with 10 nods -- drew 5 million total viewers, a 21% slide from last year's show. It was easily defeated by NBC's "Law & Order: Los Angeles," which was No. 1 in the slot with 9.1 million total viewers.

The Grammy noms failed to impress with young adults, either. In the advertiser-friendly demographic of ages 18 to 49, the one-hour concert scored a 1.7 rating/5 share, a 26% drop.

The Grammy show producers had their work cut out for them, given that their show followed a repeat of "Criminal Minds" (9.1 million), which draws an older and not perfectly compatible audience. Perhaps a bigger problem? Last year's big nominee was Beyonce, whose "Single Ladies" had become an inescapable pop hit.

-- Scott Collins

Photo: Eminem performs at the Grammy Awards last in January. Credit: Robyn Beck / AFP/Getty Images