The 45th annual CMA Awards led ABC to a resounding ratings victory Wednesday night as the three-hour program averaged 16.32 million viewers, outpacing its closest competition by some 5 million, Nielsen overnight data shows.
It also pasted rivals in the industry-prized 18-to-49 demo, scoring a 4.8 rating — a 2 percent rise over last year's CMAs (which hit an all-time low).
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Meantime, The X Factor performance show averaged 10.66 million viewers and 3.7 demo rating over its two hours.
At 8/7, Survivor: South Pacific rounded up 10.60 million viewers on CBS against NBC's Up All Night, which pulled 4.79 million and 3.51 million for a first-run episode and repeat, respectively, and an America's Next Top Model repeat got 983,000 for The CW.
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In prime time's middle hour: CBS' Criminal Minds was the night's second most-watched show with 11.31 million vs. NBC's Harry's Law (7.05 million) and Model on The CW (1.65 million).
In the final prime-time hour, CBS' CSI: Crime Scene Investigation attracted 10.09 million fans; NBC's Law & Order: Special Victims Unit was watched by 6.64 million.