Wednesday night: CMA Awards take center stage

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November 13th, 2008

Scoreboard ABC CBS FOX NBC Uni CW
Total Viewers (million) 15.87 11.07 8.54 6.63 4.10 2.72
Rating/Share: Adults 18-49 5.0/13 3.0/8 2.9/8 1.9/5 1.5/4 1.4/4
Rating/Share: Adults 18-34 3.9/11 1.9/6 2.7/8 1.5/4 1.6/4 1.7/5

ABC dominated the night with the 42nd annual CMA Awards. ABC had the most viewers and the best age demographic performance in both the 18-49 and 18-34 demos. Update: see data below in the comments for past year's CMA viewership, while like all other award shows, it's down from its heyday, but the award for "most stabilized award show ratings" may go to the CMAs.

CBS was second, and while the 8pm-9pm comedy block has not caught fire yet it fared at least a bit better than last week. Criminal Minds actually performed better this week than last, so there was no CMA effect there, though CSI: NY was down a few viewers and a couple of tenths among 18-49 year olds.

Meanwhile Fox's Bones picked up steam at 8pm, bettering last week's numbers across the board, particularly among 18-34 year olds.

Bad news for NBC. It's not having much fun wallowing in fourth place. And though I like the show Life and have seen every episode, the numbers stink! It didn't even get a 2.0 among 18-49 year olds, and worse still is that Law & Order barely did (ok, I exaggerate, it got a 2.2 rating among 18-49 year olds). Knight Rider slightly bettered itself versus last week. Slightly. Life had nearly the identical amount of viewers but was down an important two-tenths among 18-49 year olds.

Full details:

Time Net Show Viewers (Millons) 18-49 Rating/Share 18-34 Rating/Share
8:00 ABC 42nd Annual CMA Awards 15.40 4.5/12 3.3/10
FOX Bones 10.87 3.5/10 3.1/9
CBS The New Adventures of Old Christine 6.88 2.0/6 1.2/4
NBC Knight Rider 5.34 1.5/4 1.4/4
UNI Cuidado con el Angel 4.25 1.5/4 1.5/5
CW America's Next Top Model 3.71 1.9/5 2.4/7
8:30 CBS Gary Unmarried 6.71 2.1/5 1.3/4
9:00 ABC 42nd Annual CMA Awards 16.69 5.4/13 4.2/11
CBS Criminal Minds 14.80 3.8/10 2.5/7
FOX House (R) 6.22 2.4/6 2.2/6
NBC Life 5.83 1.8/5 1.5/4
UNI Fuego en la Sangre 4.95 1.9/5 2.1/6
CW Stylista 1.73 0.9/2 1.0/3
10:00 ABC 42nd Annual CMA Awards 15.53 5.2/13 4.3/12
CBS CSI: NY 11.62 3.1/8 2.1/6
NBC Law & Order 7.91 2.2/6 1.5/4
UNI Don Francisco Presenta 3.11 1.2/3 1.2/3

Shows are sorted by viewers in each time slot.

Nielsen TV Ratings: ©2008 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved.


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