The ACM Awards on CBS averaged 14.1 million viewers overall, compared with last year's big audience of 15.5 million, for a dip of about 9%.
Still, it was safely the most-watched show of the night. This year's gala, at which singer George Strait rode off with the entertainer of the year honor, had the awards show's second-biggest audience in five years.
The show drew a rating of 3.3 among key 18- to 49-year-olds, down a full point from a year ago. (In the 18-49 demographic, a ratings point equals about 1.3 million viewers.)
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