TV ratings: CMA Awards boost ABC to No. 1

TV ratings: CMA Awards boost ABC to No. 1
Garth Brooks, left, presents Luke Bryan with the award for Entertainer of the Year during the 48th CMA Awards in Nashville. (Rick Diamond / Getty Images)

ABC won big in ratings on Wednesday night with its telecast of the Country Music Assn. Awards.

With returning hosts Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood, the 48th CMAs roped in about 16.1 million viewers, according to Nielsen.


The network, which topped the night in the key 18-to-49-year-old demographic and overall, posted its best ratings since the Academy Awards in March.

The CMAs, which took place at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena, earned a rating of 4.5 in the key demo, dropping 4% from last year.

This year, Meghan Trainor performed her pop hit "All About That Bass" with country star Miranda Lambert, who took home four awards. Ariana Grande also teamed up with Little Big Town to perform "Bang Bang." Luke Bryan took home the entertainer of the year award.

CBS came in second to ABC with a rating of 2.0 in the key demo and about 8.7 million viewers.

"Survivor," which was second in the key demo with a rating 2.3, was third overall with 9.2 million.

"Criminal Minds" was the second most watched program of the night with about 9.6 million viewers. Down 9% from last week, the show tied its series low with a rating of 2.1 in the key demo.

Also on the network, "Stalker" fell about 6% with a rating of 1.5 in the key demo. It rounded out the top five most watched programs of the night with about 7.3 million viewers.

With help from "The Mysteries of Laura" and "Law & Order: SVU," NBC was third with 6.9 million viewers and a rating of 1.4 in the key demo.

"The Mysteries of Laura" was up in total viewers, averaging 7.8 million for this week's episode. "Law & Order: SVU" posted a rating of 1.6 in the key demo and averaged 6.9 million viewers overall.

However, "Chicago P.D." was down 13% and tied its series low with a rating of 1.3.

The show tied for sixth in the key demo with Fox's "Hell's Kitchen." The Fox cooking show averaged 3.6 million viewers.

Fox's "Red Band Society" posted a rating of 0.9 in the key demo, down one tenth from its most original episode. It averaged 2.9 million viewers.

Meanwhile, The CW's "The 100" was up a tenth from last week with a rating of 0.6 in the key demo. "Arrow" stayed even from last week with a rating of 1.0 in the key demo.

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