Ratings: CMAs Wrassle Up ABC’s Best Wednesday in Years

The awards show hands ABC its highest-rated Wednesday in two years, its most-watched in four

ABC handily beat the competition Wednesday night with its broadcast of the Country Music Awards.

With the CMAs as the only show on its schedule, ABC was first in ratings with a 4.7 rating/13 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and first in total viewers with an average of 16.6 million, according to preliminary numbers. Those numbers mark ABC’s highest-rated Wednesday in two years, and its most-watched in four years.

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CBS was second in ratings with a 2.2/6 and in total viewers with 9.3 million. At 8, “Survivor” earned a 2.5/7 and 9.2 million viewers. “Criminal Minds” at 9 received a 2.4/6 — flat with last week and tying a series low — and 9.6 million viewers. “CSI” at 10 earned a 1.7/5 — also flat and tying its series low — and 8.9 million viewers.

Fox was third in ratings with a 1.5/4 and fourth in total viewers with 4.5 million. “X Factor” was the only show on its schedule.

NBC was in fourth in ratings with a 1.3/4 and third in total viewers with 5.1 million. “Revolution” at 8 earned a 1.4/4 — flat with last week and tying a series low — and 5.2 million viewers. “Law & Order: SVU” at 9 received a 1.5/4 and 5.6 million viewers. At 10, a “Dateline NBC” special received a 1.1/3 and 4.5 million viewers.

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Univision was in fifth in ratings with a 1.2/3 and in viewers with 3.2 million.

The CW was sixth in ratings with a 0.8/2 and in total viewers 2.2 million. “Arrow” at 8 earned a 1.0/3 and 2.7 million viewers. “The Tomorrow People” at 9 received a 0.6/2 and 1.6 million viewers.

Telemundo was seventh in ratings with a 0.5/1 and in total viewers with 1.3 million.