'The 48th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards' Posts Biggest Audience in 15 Years

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April 8th, 2013


via press release:



“The ACM Awards” Top Sunday with Largest Audience Since 1998, Best Households and A18-49 Since 2001 and Best A25-54 Since 2000

Up +39% From Last Year in A18-49, +26% in A25-54


Tops “The CMA Awards” In-Season for the First Time in Viewers, A18-49 and A25-54
Since the Advent of People Meters


            The 48th ANNUAL ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS led CBS to a Sunday night victory as the night’s top program in viewers and demographics with the event’s highest measures in viewers since 1998, in households and adults 18-49 since 2001, and in adults 25-54 since 2000, according to Nielsen preliminary live plus same day ratings for April 7.


Sunday night’s broadcast also marked the first time that the ACM Awards have beaten the same season’s Country Music Awards (CMAs) in these ratings categories since the advent of people meters.


THE ACM AWARDS (S) swept the night in households (9.2/14), viewers (15.38m), adults 25-54 (5.3/12) and adults 18-49 (4.3/11).  THE ACM AWARDS posted its best deliveries in households and adults 18-49 since 2001, in adults 25-54 since 2000 and largest audience since 1998.  Compared to last year's ceremony (on April 1), THE ACM AWARDS was up +16% in households (from 7.9/13), +26% in adults 25-54 (from 4.2/10), +39% in adults 18-49 (from 3.1/08) and added +2.29m viewers (from 13.09m, +17%).


Compared to “The CMA Awards” on ABC on Nov. 1, THE ACM AWARDS was ahead by +8% in households (from 8.5/13), +13% in both adults 25-54 (from 4.7/11) and adults 18-49 (from 3.8/10), and led by +1.70m viewers (from 13.68m, +12%).


THE ACM AWARDS also broke records online and on social media. Social media mentions around this year’s show hit an all-time high, up +285% over last year, according to SocialGuide, and visits to ACM Awards content on CBS.com were up +136% over last year. In addition, more than 1.1 million votes were cast for the Entertainer of the Year and New Artist of the Year categories combined, an increase of +22% over last year's vote.


For the night, CBS was first in households (8.4/14), viewers (13.87m), adults 25-54 (4.5/11) and adults 18-49 (3.6/10) for the sixth consecutive Sunday and the seventh time in eight weeks.


Updated Sunday ratings will be available tomorrow.


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  • Ben

    This is the sort of real bragging news that Press Releases were made for.
    Not the laughable types that are frequently seen at TV By the Numbers. Outstanding ratings in the 18 – 49 demo. Congratulations to everyone associated with the show.

  • Edward

    I’m going to say this had a lot to do with them holding George Strait and Garth till later in the show. I had no reason to watch really, until I heard they were performing together. Garth had mentioned earlier that paraphrasing “He hasn’t had this much talk about something of him and George than anything else really”…….I was geeked and jacked for these two guys to perform together.

  • Georgia

    I wonder if the popularity Keith Urban is having on Idol could contribute to the increase in CMA viewers this year.

  • JeffT

    People like music. And what place to see those country legends John Mayer and Stevie Wonder. :)

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