Adele Return And Whitney Houston Tribute Give Grammys Second Highest Ever Ratings

14 February 2012, 09:58 | Updated: 14 February 2012, 10:05

The 'Rolling In The Deep' singer's comeback drew massive viewing figures on Sunday.

Adele's live return and the tribute to Whitney Houston have helped the Grammy Awards receive their second highest ever viewing figures it has been reported.

The event was seen by more than 39 million people according to Nielsen's preliminary ratings data.

It makes the 54th Grammys only second in numbers to the 1984 ceremony which drew in an audience of 51.6 million who watched the likes of Michael Jackson pick up eight awards.

It is the third year in a row where there has been a spike in the viewers after 2010's 20.1 million viewers and last year's 51.6 million.

Adele triumphed at the ceremony by picking up six prizes on the night alongside her highly anticipated performance.

There were also numerous tributes played to Whitney Houston who passed away on Saturday (11th February) evening.