Merle Haggard and Prince were remembered, Carrie Underwood sang, Chris Stapleton snagged Album of the Year and Brooks & Dunn were given an Icon award at the 2nd American Country Countdown Awards (1.0/4). While the show from dick clark productions didn’t break ratings records, Fox must be breathing a bit easier as this year’s ACCA saw an uptick of 11% among adults 18-49 from the soft debut of the ceremony on December 15, 2014 – a Monday.
With a heavily anticipated reveal on HBO’s Game Of Thrones and the Season 3 debut of Penny Dreadful on Showtime, an otherwise tepid Sunday saw NBC tied with ABC to win the night among 18-49s with a 1.1/4 rating. A big part of that for the Comcast-owned net was the return of the big ratings deal known as Little Big Shots (1.6/6). The top show of the night among the key demo by leaps and bounds, the Steve Harvey-hosted series was almost even with its last original of April 17 – and could see an adjustment in the final numbers.
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When we say that last night was tepid, we are not talking about NBC’s Sunday comedies. Promising results saw The Carmichael Show (1.0/3) and Crowded (0.8/2) get double-digit demo rises. Undoubtedly helped by have a new LBS as a lead-in, Carmichael was up 43% among the demo over its April 24 show. Crowded didn’t see that kind of surge, but it did jump up 14% over last week. Dateline (1.0/3) ended NBC’s night with a rise of a tenth.
For ABC, the night started well-ish with America’s Funniest Home Videos (1.3/5) bopping up 8% in the demo. However, it all plateaued as Once Upon A Time (1.2/4), The Family (0.8/3) and Quantico (1.0/3) were even with their April 24 shows.
The penultimate episode of The Good Wife (1.0/3) saw the multiple Emmy winner also even with last week, as was Madam Secretary (1.0/4) and 60 Minutes (1.0/4). Elementary (0.8/3) ended CBS’ night with a rise of tenth over its April 24 episode.
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