Primetime Ratings: CMA Awards Down From Last Year

ABC is night’s top network

The 48th Annual Country Music Association Awards didn’t perform quite as well as last year’s broadcast, according to Nielsen live-plus-same day ratings, but still won Wednesday night handily. The three-hour awards show was down 4% from last year in ratings among adults 18-40 with a 4.5, and total viewers at 16.1 million.

CBS was the night’s No. 2 broadcaster, averaging a 2.0 rating and 6 share. Survivor was up one tenth of a point from last week at 2.3. Criminal Minds fell to a series low, down 9% from last week to 2.1. Stalker was down one tenth of a point at 1.5.

NBC came in third with a 1.4 / 4. The Mysteries of Laura was even with last week at 1.2. Law & Order: SVU drew a 1.6, even with its last original episode on Oct. 22. Chicago P.D. was down 13% from Oct. 22 at 1.3.

Fox was fourth with a 1.1 / 3. Hell’s Kitchen was up one tenth of a point from its last new episode on Oct. 15 at 1.3. Red Band Society was down one tenth from Oct. 15 at 0.9.

The CW finished fifth with a 0.8 / 2. Arrow was even with last week at 1.0. The 100 was up one tenth at 0.6. In the network’s target 18-34 demo, Arrow drew a 1.0 and The 100 a 0.4.