A Taylor Swift-dominated Country Music Association Awards dominated the rest of its TV competition, according to early Nielsen estimates.
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The 43rd Annual CMA Awards
averaged 16.8 million viewers over its three-hour telecast and was the most-watched CMA Awards in four years. ABC also won every half-hour in the adults 18-to-49 demographic.
Although CBS ran a distant second, the lack of ABC's comedy block helped boost sitcoms The New Adventures of Old Christine
(7.6 million viewers) and Gary Unmarried
(7.7 million viewers). Christine
pulled its best demo score since the season premiere, while Gary
's was at its highest in almost a year. Criminal Minds
(12.3 million viewers) lagged a bit, but Part 2 of the CSI
trilogy crossover lead CSI: NY
(13.9 million viewers)
to its best numbers since September.
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Also gaining Wednesday was NBC's Law & Order: SVU
(8.8 million viewers), which matched its season-high in the demo. Lead-in Mercy
(6.8 million viewers) was also up a bit, and The Jay Leno Show
earned 4.6 million viewers at 10/9c.
Fox got off to a slow start with the first So You Think You Can Dance
dedicated results show of the season (5.5 million viewers), but improved with Glee
(7.3 million viewers). On the CW, America's Next Top Model
(3.2 million viewers) was down, and a Vampire Diaries
repeat earned 1.2 million viewers