Each drew more than 5 million viewers
The CMT Music Awards aired on broadcast TV for the first time Monday night, impressively drawing more than 5 million total viewers across primetime. That made it fairly easy for CBS to secure the top ratings spot for networks.
“American Idol” performed strongly as well, securing a higher rating than the CMT Awards for the 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. hours. The long-running ABC series scored a 0.68 to the CMT Awards’ 0.67.