By James Hibberd
Updated February 11, 2013 at 05:03 PM EST
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Despite some heavy star power, the 55th Annual Grammy Awards declined in the ratings from last year’s record-setting telecast.

CBS’ coverage of the music special delivered a powerful 28.1 million viewers and a 10.0 rating among adults 18-49 on Sunday night.

But that’s down 30 percent in viewers and down 27 percent in the demo from last year’s awards which aired a day after Whitney Houston’s death.

Insiders expected the Grammy audience to drop given the unusual and tragic circumstances surrounding last year’s airing. Still, the Grammys enjoyed its second-largest audience since 1993 and easily won the night. During the show, folk-rock band Mumford & Sons, singer Gotye, bluesy duo the Black Keys and pop band fun all took home major awards.

Meanwhile some rivals were crushed. ABC’s Once Upon a Time and Revenge both fell to series-low ratings — Revenge, in particular, is looking pretty dire with a 1.4 rating. Fox’s comedy block leader Family Guy was down 17 percent. And NBC’s Betty White’s 90th Birthday special was the night’s lowest-rated show (and that includes a Bob’s Burgers repeat that aired at 7 p.m.).

UPDATE: Some asking if AMC’s The Walking Dead was a factor. The show was on during last year’s Grammys too, though this year will be higher rated. Those numbers coming later today.

Full Chart:

FOX

7:00P

BOBS BURGERS

RS

#12

1.0

2,189

7:30P

CLEVELAND

#10

1.3

2,749

8:00P

SIMPSONS

#4

2.1

4,312

8:30P

BOBS BURGERS

#7t

1.8

3,428

9:00P

FAMILY GUY

#2

2.4

4,568

9:30P

AMERICAN DAD

#5

2.0

3,804

ABC

7-8P

AMERICA’S FUNNIEST

#7t

1.8

7,283

8-9P

ONCE UPON A TIME

#3

2.2

7,022

9-10P

REVENGE

#9

1.4

5,067

10-11P

REVENGE SPECIAL

S

#13t

0.8

2,896

CBS

7-8P

60 MINUTES

#6

1.9

11,125

8-11P

GRAMMY AWARDS

S

#1

10.3

29,020

NBC

7-8P

DATELINE

#11

1.2

5,710

8-9P

BETTY WHITE

RS

#15

0.6

3,085

9-11P

SNL SPECIAL

RS

#13t

0.8

2,566

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