CMT Music Awards Score Big Increase in TV Ratings With CBS Move

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The ceremony predictably grows from last year’s outing on its namesake cable network.

Jason Aldean and Carrie Underwood

Jason Aldean and Carrie Underwood accept the Video of the Year award for “If I Didn’t Love You” onstageat the 2022 CMT Music Awards at Nashville Municipal Auditorium on April 11, 2022 in Nashville.
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The CMT Music Awards scored huge year to year ratings increases on Monday — no surprise, since the show moved from its namesake cable outlet to broadcaster CBS. ABC’s American Idol finished in a near-tie with the awards, with both coming in way ahead of American Song Contest on NBC.



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The CMT Music Awards averaged 5.33 million viewers for CBS, almost four times the 1.43 million who watched the 2021 awards across CMT, Paramount Network and MTV (last year’s show also aired on MTV2 and TV Land, but figures from those two aren’t immediately available). Monday’s show delivered a 0.67 rating among adults 18-49, more than doubling the 0.29 for CMT, Paramount Net and TV Land last year.

By comparison, CBS’ last broadcast of the ACM Awards in 2021 brought in 6.28 million viewers, which was an all-time low for the show. (The ACM Awards moved to Amazon’s Prime Video this year, rendering audience figures unavailable.)

American Idol, meanwhile, put up more decent numbers for ABC. It narrowly trailed the CMT Music Awards in total viewers with 5.31 million but edged ahead in adults 18-49 with a 0.68 rating, the best of the night across broadcast and cable. The Good Doctor (3.99 million viewers, 0.39 18-49 rating) improved a bit week to week.

Fox’s 911 (5.06 million viewers, 0.62 in 18-49) and 911: Lone Star (4.24 million, 0.45) were both up in total viewers from their last outing two weeks ago. American Song Contest slipped to a season-low 1.44 million viewers and matched last week’s 0.28 in the 18-49 demographic on NBC; The Endgame (1.51 million, 0.21) was on par with a week ago.

Fox News’ The Five (3.41 million viewers) was the most watched cable show on Monday, while WWE Monday Night Raw led the 18-49 demo with a 0.54 rating over its three hours.

This article was originally published by The Hollywood Reporter.

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