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TV Ratings: CMAs Climb on ABC

ABC’s three-hour telecast of the CMA Awards showed rare ratings growth for an awards show Wednesday night. The country-music showcase averaged a 3.3 rating in the 18-49 demo and 14.3 million viewers over three hours, according to Nielsen live-plus-same day numbers. That’s up 14% in the demo and 12% in total viewers from last year. Press interest and social media buzz around the CMAs had been high going into this year’s show thanks to a controversy over red-carpet press restrictions that would have forbid reporters from asking about last month’s Las Vegas mass shooting. The CMAs lifted the ban at the urging of star Brad Paisley, who co-hosted the show with Carrie Underwood.

On Fox, “Empire” returned after two weeks off for the World Series to a 1.8 in the demo — even with its most recent original episode. “Star” was down one tenth of a point at 1.2.

“Survivor” was even with last week at 1.6 on CBS. “SEAL Team” and “Criminal Minds” each averaged a 0.9.

On NBC, “The Blacklist” averaged a 0.9, followed by “Law & Order: SVU” at 1.1 and “Chicago PD” at 0.9.

The CW’s “Riverdale” averaged a 0.5, followed by “Dynasty.”

Dox averaged a 1.5 rating and 5 share in the demo, followed by CBS at 1.1 / 4, NBC at 0.9 / 3, and the CEW at 0.4 / 2.

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