*A whole lot of people were watching television Sunday night — and based on the Nielsen numbers, the channel of choice was either ESPN or CBS.

CBS announced Monday that ratings for its 8-11:30 p.m. Grammy Award telecast was the best in six years. Preliminary Nielsen figures show the broadcast attracted 25.8 million viewers, making last night the most-watched ceremony since 2004.

Over on E!, a “Live from the Red Carpet” special hosted by Ryan Seacrest was the network’s most-watched Grammy pre-show ever, with 2.5 million viewers tuning in — up 63% from last year.

AFC wide receiver Brandon Marshall (15) scores a touchdown on a pass from Texans quarterback Matt Schaub

Meanwhile, last night’s 2010 Pro Bowl telecast, which began at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN, delivered the highest-rated and most-viewed NFL all-star game in a decade, the sports network stated Monday.

Based on preliminary national ratings, the Pro Bowl — a 41-34 AFC victory over the NFC All-Stars — was viewed by 8.1 million households — making it the highest-rated and most-watched NFL Pro Bowl since the 1999-00 game on ABC (8.7 million households, 13.2 million viewers).

Nielsen is expected to release final ratings on Tuesday.