What's Your Guess For Academy of Country Music Awards Viewership Tonight? (Historical Ratings +Poll)

Categories: Awards Shows,TV Ratings Reference

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April 3rd, 2011

The move to Sunday three years ago helped the Academy of Country Music Awards arrest the long term viewership decline endemic to most awards shows. 2009's telecast had the highest average viewership in a decade. 2010's slipped back a bit, but was still well above the last decade's lows.

I don't follow country music at all, so my wild guess wouldn't be worth the bits to send it to you, but I'm sure plenty of other folks can take a much better guess.

What do you think the viewership will average tonight?

TV Ratings for the Academy of Country Music Awards, 1979-2010:

Household # of # of
Day Date Time Net Rating Share HHlds Viewers
SUN 4/18/2010* 8:00PM-11:00PM CBS 7.8 13 13,500,000
SUN 4/5/2009* 8:00PM-11:03PM CBS 8.8 14 10,031,000 14,777,000
SUN 5/18/2008* 8:00PM-11:00PM CBS 7.3 12 8,281,000 11,731,000
TUE 5/15/2007* 8:00PM-11:00PM CBS 6.1 10 6,793,000 9,275,000
TUE 5/23/2006* 8:00PM-11:00PM CBS 7.6 12 8,348,000 12,016,000
TUE 5/17/05 8:00PM-11:00PM CBS 7.7 12 8,477,000 11,950,000
WED 5/26/04 8:00PM-11:08PM CBS 7.2 12 7,838,000 11,589,000
WED 5/21/03 8:00PM-11:00PM CBS 7.8 12 8,278,000 12,080,000
WED 5/22/02 8:00PM-11:00PM CBS 8.6 14 9,081,000 13,332,000
WED 5/9/01 8:00PM-11:01PM CBS 9.4 15 9,625,000 13,864,000
WED 5/3/00 8:00PM-11:02PM CBS 9.7 16 9,815,000 14,126,000
WED 5/5/99 8:00PM-11:00PM CBS 10 16 9,935,000 14,797,000
WED 4/22/98 8:00PM-11:00PM CBS 12.1 20 11,882,000 17,272,000
WED 4/23/97 8:00PM-11:00PM NBC 13.1 22 12,662,000 20,097,000
WED 4/24/96 8:00PM-11:00PM NBC 12 21 11,510,000 17,625,000
WED 5/10/95 8:00PM-11:00PM NBC 11.6 19 11,066,000 17,770,000
TUE 5/3/94 8:00PM-11:00PM NBC 13.4 21 12,623,000 19,901,000
TUE 5/11/93 8:00PM-11:00PM NBC 14.3 23 13,313,000 21,579,000
WED 4/29/92 9:00PM-11:00PM NBC 15.9 25 14,644,000 24,047,000
WED 4/24/91 9:00PM-11:01PM NBC 15.6 26 14,520,000 23,435,280
WED 4/25/90 9:00PM-11:02PM NBC 14.4 24 13,260,000 21,653,580
MON 4/10/89 9:00PM-11:32PM NBC 16.4 26 14,830,000 24,677,120
MON 3/21/88 9:00PM-11:00PM NBC 15.9 25 14,090,000 24,178,440
MON 4/6/87 9:00PM-11:01PM NBC 18.6 28 16,260,000 27,268,020
MON 4/14/86 9:51PM-11:52PM NBC 15.1 26 12,970,000 17,260,000
MON 5/6/85 9:00PM-11:01PM NBC 17.2 27 14,600,000 26,820,000
MON 5/14/84 9:00PM-11:01PM NBC 18.5 30 15,500,000 25,606,000
MON 5/9/83 9:00PM-11:01PM NBC 19.2 29 15,990,000 29,229,720
THU 4/29/82 9:32PM-11:32PM NBC 17 29 13,860,000 23,367,960
THU 4/30/81 9:00PM-11:02PM NBC 18.8 31 14,630,000 23,773,750
THU 5/1/80 9:00PM-11:00PM NBC 21.6 36 16,480,000 30,900,000
WED 5/2/79 9:00PM-11:00PM NBC 20 32 14,900,000 28,965,600

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Source: NTI Pocketpieces, Nielsen Audience Composition Reports and Nielsen Galaxy Explorer
First nationally televised Academy of Country Music Awards was 1965.
Copyright 2010 The Nielsen Company
* Live +Same Day DVR viewing, all other years are Live viewing only.

To attempt to forestall the inevitable commenter question, yes, we know that adults 18-49 ratings are all that matters for broadcast primetime ad pricing, but like most historical ratings data we have, viewership, households and household ratings is all we have.

 
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