Sunday night's Grammy Awards on CBS rocketed up 35% in ratings from a year ago -- its best numbers since 2004.
Another Super Bowl is coming this Sunday, right after two back-to-back games that pulled records in viewership, 2009's and 2008's.
After that there's the Academy Awards, which will tout the highest-grossing worldwide box office theatrical film, "Avatar," from director James Cameron -- succeeding his 1997 "Titanic," which held the record for 13 years.
Could these Academy Awards also bring viewership records? Strong historical evidence says bigger-grossing theatrical movies bring bigger TV audiences -- no doubt many fans of those major films.
It's still clear that big TV events are a lure for viewers, and, of course, marketers. That, in itself, is kind of amazing in this digital age, filled with an alternative of smaller viewing screens -- all while the size of traditional TV screens is growing to the point that characters on TV will be life-sized soon.
Many media agency executives will tell you those big TV events are still about community, about an "in-theater"-like setting for Super Bowl parties or Oscar-watching events, in homes usually featuring bigger screens.
In that regard, the personal approach to big future TV events seems like a sideline business, an afterthought. In the future, watching the Super Bowl or Academy Award live on your laptop -- or even on your iPhone -- doesn't seem right, unless you're at an airport or in an emergency room.
In those settings, who can you talk to about the commercials, that hard hit on the MVP quarterback, or why the best actor award went to Brad Pitt?
And besides, viewing these TV events alone means having no one to spill your beer on after that touchdown -- or that out-of-nowhere actress wins a big award.