ABC's Wednesday lineup came back after making way for the 45th annual CMA Awards last week. All its shows declined from their previous outings, according to Nielsen overnight figures. Modern Family, while reaching its usual night-leading numbers in viewership (12.88 million) and demo rating (5.5), declined to a season low in the industry-standard 18-to-49 crowd. NBC's Harry's Law also hit a season-low in the demo (1.1). And without the CMAs as competition, CBS' lineup rose.
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).
The Band Perry
At last year's CMA Awards, the Band Perry were so fresh on the scene that they weren't even allotted a full-song performance slot. Oh, what a difference a year makes. By the time last night's glitzy blowout concluded in Nashville, the sibling vocal trio — Kimberly, Reid and Neil Perry — walked away winners ...
Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood
Sibling act The Band Perry topped 45th annual Country Music Awards on Wednesday, nabbing the wins for Single, Song and New Artist of the Year. Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley returned to emcee the event.
These are the guest stars and events that the networks have planned for the second week of November sweeps: