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Ratings: CMA Awards score biggest ratings in four years

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ABC’s broadcast of the 43rd Annual CMA Awards was the most-watched program in primetime Wednesday, dominating in every key ratings demo, according to preliminary Nielsen numbers. Per the Alphabet, it was also the most-watched CMA Awards telecast in four years, with its highest Adult 18-34 rating in five years and best Women 18-34 rating in six years.

CBS’ continued CSI crossover earned CSI:NY the evening’s No. 2 spot.

Time Show Viewers (in millions)
8 p.m. The 43rd Annual CMA Awards (ABC)

The New Adventures of Old Christine (CBS)

Mercy (NBC)

So You Think You Can Dance (Fox)

America’s Next Top Model (The CW)

16.8

7.6

6.8

5.5

3.2

8:30 p.m. Gary Unmarried (CBS) 7.7
9 p.m. Criminal Minds (CBS)

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (NBC)

Glee (Fox)

The Vampire Diaries (The CW)

12.3

8.8

7.3

1.2 (repeat)

10 p.m. CSI: NY (CBS)

The Jay Leno Show (NBC)

13.9

4.6

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