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
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.