Ratings: Academy of Country Music Awards Slip Further From Rough 2016 Show

CBS still easily wins Sunday evening

Last Updated: April 3, 2017 @ 9:26 AM

If the 2017 Academy of Country Music Awards were a genre song, it’d be a sad one about loss.

The CBS special slipped to a new record low rating in the key 18-49 demographic last night. On the bright side, its decline was not nearly as heavy as last year’s free fall, which came after 2015’s 50th anniversary show. Plus, CBS still won Sunday evening outright. NBC was a distant runner-up.

CBS was first in ratings with a 1.9 rating/7 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and in total viewers with an average of 10.5 million, according to preliminary numbers. “60 Minutes” at 7 p.m. had a 1.1/5 and 9.3 million viewers. The ACM Awards at 8 averaged a 2.1/7 and 10.9 million viewers.

NBC was second in ratings with a 0.9/3 and in viewers with 5.7 million. Following a rerun, “Little Big Shots” at 8 landed a 1.2/5 and 8.5 million viewers. At 9, “Chicago Justice” got a 0.9/3 and 5.8 million viewers. “Shades of Blue” at 10 received a 0.7/2 and 4.2 million viewers.

Fox was third in ratings with a 0.7/2 and fourth in viewers with 1.6 million. Following a repeat, “Bob’s Burgers” at 7:30 had a 0.7/3 and 1.5 million viewers. At 8, “The Simpsons” got a 0.9/3 and 2.1 million viewers. “Making History” at 8:30 received a 0.6/2 and 1.3 million viewers. After another rerun, “The Last Man on Earth” at 9:30 closed Fox’s primetime to a 0.8/2 and 1.7 million viewers.

ABC was fourth in ratings with a 0.6/2 and third in viewers with 2.9 million. After a repeat, “Once Upon a Time” at 8 had a 0.8/3 and 2.8 million viewers. At 9, “Match Game” got a 0.6/2 and 2.5 million viewers. “American Crime” at 10 settled for a 0.4/1 and 1.7 million viewers.

Univision was fifth in ratings with a 0.4/1 and in viewers with 1.2 million.

Telemundo was sixth in ratings with a 0.3/21and in viewers with 1.1 million.

The CW does not nationally program Sunday nights.