CMA Awards tops ratings

Audiences in tune with ABC telecast

ABC made some sweet music Wednesday, taking home best-of-the-night honors behind the three-hour CMA Awards. The kudocast won every half hour giving the Alphabet a winning 5.0 rating/13 share in the 18-49 demo, with15.8 million viewers overall, according to preliminary nationals from Nielsen.

Fox’s resilient “Bones” (3.5/9 in 18-49, 10.8 million viewers overall) fared second in the 8 o’clock hour behind the CMA’s (4.4/12, 15.4 million viewers overall for the hour). Also in the hourlong slot, NBC’s “Knight Rider” (1.5/4, 6.3 million viewers overall) continued to lose ignition and landed in fourth place.

For the half-hour, CBS’ “The New Adventures of Old Christine” (2.0/6 in 18-49, 6.8 million viewers overall) was on par with last week’s numbers and, at 8:30, “Gary Unmarried” (2.1/5, 6.7 million viewers overall) was also about even from a week ago.

At 9 p.m. “Criminal Minds” (3.8/10, 14.8 million viewers overall) was the most watched show of the evening behind the CMA’s. “Life” (1.8/5, 5.6 million viewers overall), which recently moved to Wednesdays for NBC, continued to have difficult finding traction and came in fourth for the hour, defeated soundly by a repeat of “House” (2.4/6, 6.2 million viewers overall) on Fox.

The CMA’s won the 10 p.m. hour easily, defeating “CSI: NY” (3.0/8, 11.6 million viewers overall), which fell slightly from last Wednesday, and “Law & Order” (2.2/6, 7.9 million viewers overall), was exactly even from a week ago.

At the CW, “Top Model” (1.9/5, 3.7 million viewers overall) and “Stylista” (0.9/2, 1.7 million viewers overall) didn’t seem affected by the CMA’s.

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: ABC, 5.0/13; CBS, 2.9/8; Fox, 2.9/8; NBC, 1.8/5; CW, 1.4/4.

In total viewers: ABC, 15.8 million; CBS, 11.0 million; Fox, 8.5 million; NBC, 6.3 million; CW, 2.7 million

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