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RATINGS RAT RACE: Academy Of Country Music Awards Falls, ‘Resurrection’ & ‘American Dream Builders’ Hit Lows

blake shelton shakira academy of country music awards 2014On a night that saw a lot of action on cable with premieres (Welcome back Game Of Thrones and Veep) and season finales (Shameless and House Of Lies), CBS and the 49th Academy of Country Music Awards (3.3/9) took a hit from last year’s more than a decade-long high. With performances from The Voice’s Blake Shelton and Shakira, plus Keith Urban, Lady Antebellum, an appearance by Garth Brooks and big wins for George Strait, Miranda Lambert, Jason Aldean and Kacey Musgraves, the 8 PM – 11 PM awards show fell 23% from its April 7, 2013 show. Having lost out on the promotion platform of the NCAA Tournament the night before (the basketball was on Turner not CBS), the ACM also saw a dip of 8% in terms of total viewership from 2013’s 15.38 million to 14.14 million last night. CBS started the night with a new 60 Minutes (1.3/4) that was down 54% from last week, which saw overruns from the college basketball tournament. Still, even with those big stumbles, overall the network won the night in terms of the key demo (2.8/8) and total viewers 13.10 million. Read More »

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TV Weekly Warfare: NCAA, Academy Of Country Music Awards & ‘Big Bang’ Keep CBS On Top; NBC Maintains ‘Voice’ Boost

By | Tuesday April 9, 2013 @ 2:33pm PDT

Let’s just cut to the chase: If you’re CBS, spring is looking like the best season so far this broadcast year, and if you’re NBC it looks like the ratings fire of The Voice really is keeping you going after a dismal winter left you ice cold. For a third week in a row, CBS has won the week in viewership and adults 18-49. It was the most watched frame for the network since the week the Grammys aired in February. With a 2.7/8 for Week 28 of the 2012-2013 season, the network was not just up from the 2.3/7 of the week before but also up 8% from the comparable week a year ago. In terms of viewership, the network pulled in an average of 11.256 million viewers, compared to 9.018 million for the week starting March 25, 2013.

Related: Ratings: ‘Dancing With The Stars’ Hits Low, ‘Voice’ Hits Season High, CBS Wins Night With NCAA Final

CBS’ surge came in no small part due to strong and steady promotion of Sunday’s highly rated 48th annual Academy Of Country Music Awards leading into this past week and throughout the frame itself, plus solid numbers for the NCAA Tournament‘s Final Four round Saturday. The 9:11-11:38 PM game was the highest-rated show of the week with a 5.7 and the second-most-watched show of the week with 17.104 million viewers. Back after three weeks due in part to NCAA games, a new The Big Bang Theory on April 4 was the second-highest-rated show of the week with a 5.2 and the most watched show with viewership of 17.242 million. Beating ABC’s Country Music Awards for the first time ever, the third-most-watched show of last week was the ACM Awards. The country music show pulled in 15.505 million viewers Sunday for its best audience result since 1998, and jumping 39% among adults 18-49 from last year for its best result since 2001. The awards show proved the sixth-highest-rated show of the week with a 4.3 rating — behind the April 1 (4.7) and April 2 (4.5) airings of NBC’s The Voice. In that sense, it was a good week for Blake Shelton, who co-hosted the ACM Awards and is a judge on the NBC competition show.

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RATINGS RAT RACE: Academy Of Country Music Awards Draws Largest Audience In 15 Years, ‘Celebrity Apprentice’ At Season Low

With an upset Entertainer of the Year Award for Luke Bryan and a whole lot of The Voice’s Blake Shelton, the 48th annual  Academy of Country Music Awards (4.3/11) was country strong for CBS on Sunday. The 8-11 PM live show rose a surging 39% from last year’s ceremony, and its 15.38 million viewers was up 17% from 2012. This was the first time the ACMA has outrated the Country Music Association Awards, long considered the marquee show in the genre; the CMA Awards received a 3.8 rating last November 1 on ABC with 13.682 million viewers. It should be noted that last year’s CMA Awards was on a Thursday and came just days after Hurricane Sandy battered the East Coast, leaving many without power. With that said, Sunday’s ACMAs also had the best results in the adults 18-49 demo since 2001 and its largest overall audience since 1998. The ratings surge follows the recent management change at ACMAs producer dick clark prods., which has been led by CEO Allen Shapiro since October, following the company’s sale. dick clark saw all of its recent specials post ratings gains, including Rockin’ Eve on ABC and The Golden Globles on NBC.

Before the ACMAs, CBS opened Sunday with 60 Minutes (1.4/4). The newsmagazine fell hard from its March 31 numbers, dropping 44%. The fall has to be put in context as last week’s 60 Minutes had overrun from the NCAA Tournament that left the network’s primetime full of spillovers. In the end, CBS won Sunday in total viewers the demo. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Academy Of Country Music Awards’, ‘Bob’s Burgers’ Drop

By | Monday April 2, 2012 @ 10:35am PDT
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The 47th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards on CBS (3.1/8 in adults 18-49, 13 million total viewers) was down 6% in 18-49 from last year to log its lowest demo rating since 2008. Still, the three-hour broadcast ranked as the highest-rated and most watched program of the night, delivering a nightly victory for CBS.

ABC’s Once Upon A Time (2.7/8, 8.2 million) slipped another tenth to a new series low. Desperate Housewives (2.6/7) was even, while GCB (1.9/5) continued its seesaw ratings run, down 10% to a series low after a 10% gain last week. Fox may have been affected by the blackout of Tribune stations on DirecTV though the impact was limited to about 1% of the country. Sophomore Bob’s Burgers (1.6/4) and veteran Family Guy (2.5/6), which debuted the trailer for Seth MacFarlane’s first feature, Ted, were down double-digits — 20% to a series low and 11%, respectively. American Dad (2.0/5) was flat. The three-hour (!) Celebrity Apprentice (1.8/4) on NBC was also even with last week’s two-hour edition and doubled the demo delivery in the 8 PM hour of Harry’s Law last week.

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Kenny Chesney Dominates Nominations For Academy Of Country Music Awards

By | Thursday January 26, 2012 @ 7:14am PST

ACM Awards 2012 NomineesNominations for the 47th ANNUAL ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS¬, a star-studded event produced for television by dick clark productions, were announced this morning in a first-ever ACM digital press conference on the Academy’s Facebook and Twitter pages. The winners will be announced live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 1 (8:00-11:00 PM, live ET/delayed PT) on the CBS Television Network. As previously announced, Blake Shelton will join forces with country music star Reba to host the show for the second consecutive year.

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The ACM Awards To Stay On CBS Through 2021 With New 10-Year Deal

By | Wednesday January 25, 2012 @ 8:33am PST
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ACM AwardsCBS, the Academy of Country Music and dick clark productions announced today a new 10-year deal that will keep “Country Music’s Party of the Year,” the annual ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS, broadcast on the CBS Television Network through 2021.

The new agreement further extends a successful broadcast partnership between the ACM and CBS that has been in place since 1998.

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