Ratings: Beyonce Can’t Stop Historic CMA Awards Slide Against World Series Game 7

50th annual country music awards continue downward trend in key measures

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The CMA Awards continued to spiral downwards in the ratings, with this year’s ceremony setting a new low due in no small part due to Game 7 of the World Series.

The 50th annual country music awards show pulled in an estimated 12.6 million viewers and a 2.9 rating. That is down from the 13.6 million viewers and a a 3.8 rating for last year’s ceremony, which was itself a new low.

It also ran slightly over the 8 p.m.-11 p.m. primetime hours, meaning these numbers will likely be adjusted later today.

In a shock to no one, the Chicago Cubs’ historic victory in the World Series over the Cleveland Indians made Fox the top network of the night, with the game pulling in a massive 25.2 rating in early ratings and an estimated 39.9 million viewers in primetime. Bear in mind that the game ran almost two hours long, meaning it will likely be adjusted up later today too.

ABC finished a distant second, airing only the CMA Awards.

CBS came in third with 5.2 million viewers and a 1.0 rating. “Survivor” nabbed 6.8 million viewers and a 1.5 rating at 8, followed by a repeat of “Criminal Minds.” “Code Black” closed at 10 with 4.4 million viewers and a 0.7 rating.

NBC came in fourth in total viewers with 3.1 million viewers and tied for fourth in the demo with a 0.7 rating, airing only repeats.

Telemundo came in fifth in total viewers with 1.64 million viewers and tied for fourth in the demo with a 0.7 rating.

Univision came in sixth with 1.56 million viewers and a 0.6 rating.

The CW finished seventh with an average of 1.3 million viewers and a 0.4 rating. “Arrow” pulled in 1.6 million viewers and a 0.6 rating at 8. “Frequency” clocked just 934,000 viewers and a 0.3 rating at 9.