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CMA kudocast lifts ABC

Morning Ratings Flash - Rick Kissell

NBC’s “Heroes” established another series high on Monday, but ABC captured the night with its first airing of the “Country Music Association Awards,” according to preliminary nationals from Nielsen.

The three-hour CMAs, which had aired on CBS since 1972, matched last year’s all-time low among adults 18-49 (5.4 rating/13 share) while hitting a low in total viewers (15.9 million, down from 17.7 million on the Eye last year). This year’s show did deliver gains among viewers among viewers under 35 and hit a three-year high in women 18-34 (5.2/14), the Alphabet’s strong suit.

At NBC, “Deal or No Deal” (4.4/11 in 18-49, 14.5 million viewers overall) settled for second in the opening hour, but “Heroes” (6.6/15 in 18-49, 14.3 million viewers overall) was up a tick week to week to notch its best scores yet — and the highest regular-slot 18-49 rating for a first-year series on any net in two years. “Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip” (3.3/9 in 18-49, 7.8 million viewers overall) was on par with its most recent airing, placing third among the broadcast nets at 10.

CBS seemed to be affected by having the CMAs as competition, with each of its shows matching or setting season lows. “CSI: Miami” set the pace as usual (5.6/14 in 18-49, 16.5 million viewers overall), beating the kudocast head-to-head in the 10 o’clock hour. Weak link in the net’s comedy block remains “The Class” at 8:30 (2.9/7 in 18-49, 7.7 million viewers overall), which ran fourth among the broadcasters at 8:30.

Fox was solid with “Prison Break” (3.5/9 in 18-49, 8.6 million viewers overall) but “Justice” posted its lowest scores in three firstrun tries on Monday (1.8/4 in 18-49, 5.8 million viewers overall).

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: ABC, 5.4/13; NBC, 4.8/12; CBS, 4.3/11; Fox, 2.7/6; Univision, 1.7/4; CW, 1.4/3.

In total viewers: ABC, 15.9 million; CBS, 12.5 million; NBC, 12.2 million; Fox, 7.2 million; Univision, 3.7 million; CW, 3.1 million.

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