They call it country music’s biggest night and rare appearances by legends Loretta Lynn and Garth Brooks on Wednesday on the CMA Awards (4.5/14 ) certainly aimed to meet the hype. With references to Ebola and an absent Taylor Swift plus a Jimmy Kimmel hologram, Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley co-hosted the 3-hour show for the seventh year on ABC. While some of the winners were different, last night was a lot like last year when it comes to ratings. The 2014 CMA Awards dipped just 4% among adults 18-49 from what the show got on November 6 2013, which was up 24% from the Thursday night 2012 show.
Last night’s live show from Nashville was also steady viewershipwise with 2013. The CMA Awards pulled in 16.14 million compared to the 16.8 million who watched a year ago. All things and cowboy boots added up, the CMA Awards delivered ABC’s best primetime result since the Academy Awards telecast on March 2. Needless to say ABC easily won the first Wednesday of the November sweep with CBS coming in a distant second with a 2.0/6 rating among the demo and 8.70 million viewers.
In non-country music TV last night it was an surprising evening of little movement with the exception of Chicago P.D. (1.3/4) and The 100 (0.6/2). The NBC drama saw a tumble of 13% from its most recent new show on October 22. In preliminary ratings, that’s a series low. The CW show was up 20% from last week to a season high.
Otherwise with other shows and other networks, everything was pretty steady even with the CMA Awards as competition. CBS’ offerings of Survivor (2.3/7), Criminal Minds (2.1/6) and freshman Stalker (1.5/5) were up 5%, down 9% and down 6% respectively. The CW’s other show of the night, Arrow (1.0/3) was even with its October 29 show.
Back to its regular schedule after the World Series, Fox saw Hell’s Kitchen (1.3/4) rose 8% from its last original of October 15 while lead-out Red Band Society slipped 9% from its last new show on the same date. NBC’s freshman Mysteries of Laura (1.2/4) was the same as its October 29 show. Lead-out Law & Order: SVU (1.6/5) was also even with it last original on October 22.