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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘The X Factor’ Hits Series Low For Regular Episode, CMAs Up

By | Thursday November 7, 2013 @ 9:36am PST
Nellie Andreeva

The bad news for Fox’s The X Factor just keeps coming this week. On Tuesday, 21st Century Fox COO Chase Carey called the series’ performance this season “disappointing to date,” contributing to the company’s earnings miss. Last night, X Factor suffered a voting malfunction, resulting in all cast votes being tossed and the remaining acts having to perform again tonight. And this morning, the fast nationals showed that last night’s edition of X Factor posted a 1.5 rating in adults 18-49, an all-time low for a regularly scheduled competition episode, down 32% from the show’s last regular episode on October 9. So much for 21st Century Fox brass’ hope that The X Factor could’ve been helped by the exposure it received during the World Series.

The X Factor likely was pushed down by a surging CMA Awards (4.7), which returned to Wednesday after airing on Thursday last year. The CMAs were up 24% from last year and on par with the last Wednesday telecast (4.8), while drawing the music awards show’s biggest audience in four years, 16.6 million. Needless to say, ABC won the night in 18-49 and total viewers.

CBS’ Survivor (2.5) rebounded from facing the deciding game of the World Series, up 9% from last Wednesday. Criminal Minds (2.4) was flat, while CSI (1.7) was down a tenth from last week’s fast national, … Read More »

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Brad Paisley & Carrie Underwood To Return As CMA Awards Hosts

By | Monday August 12, 2013 @ 11:14pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

It will be the country stars’ sixth consecutive turn hosting the music awards show. The 47th Annual CMA Awards airs live from Nashville November 6 on ABC. The announcement was made tonight during the CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night To Rock special on ABC.

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RATINGS RAT RACE: CMAs, ‘X Factor’ Hit Lows; ‘Elementary’, ‘Vampire Diaries’ Up

By | Friday November 2, 2012 @ 9:43am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Uh-oh. In a heated bidding war last year, ABC ponied up big to keep the Country Music Association Awards with a new 10-year deal. In the first year of that deal, the 46th Annual CMA Awards last night drew a 3.8/10 in adults 18-49 and 13.6 million viewers, down 21% and 17%, respectively, from last year to mark the awards show’s lowest-rated telecast ever in both 18-49 and total viewers. The CMAs still logged a nightly victory for ABC in both categories.

Like last year, the CMAs faced Fox’s The X Factor (they clashed on Wednesday, CMAs long-time night, last fall). Both were shadows of their 2011 selves when the CMAs drew a 4.8 demo rating and X Factor posted a 3.7. Last night, X Factor managed a 2.3/6, even with last week’s re-cut Tuesday special that spilled out of the network’s primetime. But it was a series low for a regularly scheduled episode of the singing competition as the transition to live shows and the introduction of hosts Khloe Kardashian and Mario Lopez have failed to provide a boost. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: CMA Awards On Par, Top ‘X Factor’; ‘Harry’s Law’ Rises

Nellie Andreeva

ABC’s CMA Awards (4.8/12 in adults 18-49, 16.3 million viewers) was unshaped last night by going head-to-head with another music performance program, Fox’s The X Factor. The CMA Awards were actually up a tenth (2%) in 18-49 from last year to hand ABC a nightly win in 18-49 and total viewers. X Factor (3.7/10, 10.1 million) posted a 5% decline from its fast national last week. CBS’ lineup also was pushed down by the country awards show. Survivor (3.1/9, 10.6 million) was the hardest hit, down 11% in the demo from its fast national last Wednesday, when the veteran reality show was adjusted up in the finals to a season high. Criminal Minds (3.4/8, 11.3 million) was down 6%, CSI (2.5/7, 10.1 million) down 7%. NBC’s rookie Up All Night (1.8/5, 4.8 million) was even with its series low last week, while veteran Law & Order: SVU (1.9/5, 6.6 million) was down 5% to a series low. But the series that bridges them, Harry’s Law (1.3/3, 7.1 million), climbed 18% to match its season high. Will that help the sophomore clinch a back episodic order? The legal dramedy was once again the most-watched program on NBC.

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ABC Signs 10-Year Deal For CMA Awards

By | Wednesday November 9, 2011 @ 2:42pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

In a competitive situation, ABC has signed a new 10-year deal with the Country Music Association to keep the CMA Awards on the network through 2021. The announcement was made hours before tonight’s broadcast of the 45th Annual CMA Awards on ABC. The awards show aired on NBC for its first four years, switching to CBS in 1972 for a 34-year run until ABC nabbed the rights in 2006. The deal with the CMA also covers franchise extensions CMA Festival: Country’s Night To Rock, which launched in 2004, and CMA Country Christmas, which started last year, which also will air on ABC for another decade. “ABC has demonstrated a passion for the format and our television properties,” CMA CEO Steve Moore said. “We have seen the CMA Music Festival special grow to three hours; we have added a holiday special, CMA Country Christmas; and our crown jewel, the CMA Awards, has reached a new, enthusiastic audience.” Last year, CMA averaged 17 million viewers. The second edition of the two-hour CMA Country Christmas special is scheduled to air December 1.

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