Braid Paisley and Keith Urban at the 42nd Annual CMA Awards Braid Paisley and Keith Urban at the 42nd Annual CMA Awards

This Wednesday, as ABC's broadcast of the CMA Awards averaged 15.87 million total viewers, making it the night's most-watched program across all time parts: 

8 pm/ET
Bones placed second with a season-high 10.87 million viewers, an increase of 760 thousand week-to-week. In third, both Old Christine (6.88 mil, +300K) and Gary Unmarried (6.7 mil, +260K) saw gains. Knight Rider (5.34 mil) rebounded from last week's skid with a 200-thou uptick, while Top Model (3.7 mil) dipped 240K.

9 pm
Criminal Minds claimed the No. 2 spot with 14.8 million viewers, up 510K. Trailing a House repeat, Life matched last Wednesday's audience (5.83 mil). The CW's Stylista (1.73 mil) unraveled to the tune of 13 percent.

10 pm
The 99th episode of CSI: NY delivered 11.62 million viewers, slipping 130 thou. At 7.9 mil, Law & Order was up a hair over its disappointing season opener.