ABC dominated Wednesday night, topping all six half hours in total viewers and in the demo, with its three-hour telecast of the 52nd annual CMA Awards (2.1 demo rating, 10.1 million viewers), the night’s No. 1 TV program.
While delivering ABC’s highest rating on any night this season with entertainment programming, and its best non-sports performance on the night in just over a year, the music awards franchise’s 52nd annual ceremony was its lowest-rated broadcast ever. The CMA’s dove 34% in the demo and 4.2 million viewers (30%) in total viewers compared to last year. Prior lowest-ever came in 2016 (2.9, 12.495M).
Despite the drops, the CMA Awards took a toll on some of the competition. That includes all three CBS shows – Survivor (1.4, 7.19M), SEAL Team (0.8, 5.18M) and Criminal Minds (0.7, 4.50M) – as well as Fox’s Empire (1.4, 4.90M) and NBC’s Chicago P.D. (1.0, 6.01M).
Chicago’s Med and Fire were the two most watched non-CMA shows of the night.
Overall, ABC (2.1, 10.06M) was followed by Fox (1.3, 4.30M) in the demo and NBC (1.2, 6.93M) in total viewers. CBS (1.0, 5.62M) ranked No. 3 in overall audience. CW (0.3, 950K) followed.