ABC Crushes the Competition in Wednesday Prime Time TVbytheNumbers

ABC found a way to blow away its broadcast rivals in the ratings Wednesday night, based on Nielsen overnights for the key 18-49 demo as well as total viewers. reports that the Alphabet Network's coverage of "The CMA Awards" delivered a dominant 4.7 average in viewers 18-49 -- more than twice what its closest rival could muster. The number was up 24% from last year's show, ranking last night's program as the most-watched CMAs in four years.

The program averaged 16.63 million total viewers to easily outdistance all the other broadcast networks.

Second-place CBS got its usual steady performance from its two Wednesday night dramas, along with a bump from "Survivor: Blood vs. Water." "Survivor" was up two-tenths of a ratings point from last week with a 2.5 in viewers 18-49. Both "Criminal Minds" and "CSI" matched last week's numbers -- a 2.4 for "Criminal Minds" and a 1.7 for "CSI."

Fox's "The X Factor" continued to struggle to gain traction. The two-hour singing competition had a 1.5 in the 18-49 demo, the same as the show's Tuesday installment last week but well off the pace of the previous regular Wednesday airing, back on Oct. 9, when the show delivered a 2.2.

NBC couldn't quite match Fox's numbers, winding up in fourth place. "Revolution" ticked along with a 1.4 in adults 18-49, equaling its number from a week ago, while "Law & Order: SVU" ticked up one-tenth from its previous original to a 1.4. "Dateline" wrapped things up with a 1.1 at 10 p.m.

For prime time overall, ABC's 4.7 average was by far the best number in the 18-49 demo, putting it well ahead of CBS (2.2 average), Fox (1.5), NBC (1.3) and Univision (1.2). ABC was a big winner in total viewers as well, averaging 16.63 million to lead CBS (9.25 million), NBC (5.10 million), Fox (4.51 million) and Univision (3.24 million).