‘Nashville’ officially moving to CMT with Season 5 pickup

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“Nashville” has officially been renewed for Season 5 on CMT following news a change in networks was imminent. Hulu will continue to make “Nashville” episodes available to stream the day after they air on CMT.

“CMT heard the fans. The wave of love and appreciation they have unleashed for ‘Nashville’ has been overwhelming,” says Brian Philips, president of CMT. “‘Nashville’ is a perfect addition to our evolving lineup of big music specials, documentaries and original series. We see our fans and ourselves in this show and we will treasure it like no other network. ‘Nashville’ belongs on CMT.”

Adds Hulu head of content Craig Erwich, “‘Nashville’ has long been a fan favorite show on Hulu, and we are so proud to continue to make new episodes available for fans to stream the day after they air. We look forward to bringing even more episodes of this acclaimed series to its passionate and devoted audience.”

ABC axed the series after four seasons. Though its fans — known as “Nashies” — are rabidly passionate, the numbers weren’t strong enough for the broadcast network to renew it, with an average 1.8 rating in adults 18-49 and 6.7 million viewers overall in Live +7 ratings. Its same-day rating was 0.9.

For the fifth season, Ed Zwick and Marshall Herskovitz are on board as showrunners. The duo were brought on to the show before ABC canceled it.

No word yet on a premiere date for Season 5 or potential cast shakeups.

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