CBS Rides ACM Awards to Sunday Ratings Win TVbytheNumbers

CBS's broadcast of Sunday's Academy of Country Music Awards propelled the Tiffany Network to a Sunday ratings win, even with the awards ceremony well off the pace from last year, based on Nielsen overnights for the key 18-49 demo. reports that the awards ceremony delivered a 3.3 average rating in 18-49 from 8-11 p.m., down from a 4.3 a year ago. The number was still easily No. 1 on the broadcast nets Sunday night, as was the show's average of 14.14 million total viewers.

Second-place ABC got a 2.2 average out of "Once Upon a Time" in the 18-49 demo, up one-tenth of a point from a week ago. "Resurrection" drifted down three-tenths to a 2.1, "Revenge" dipped one-tenth to a 1.3 and "America's Funniest Home Videos" equaled its 1.3 from last week.

Fox was paced by "Family Guy," which delivered a 2.3 average in viewers 18-49, rising two-tenths from the previous week. "Cosmos" equaled last week's 1.5, "The Simpsons" held steady with a 1.9, "American Dad" lost two-tenths to settle for a 1.2 and "Bob's Burgers" ticked down one-tenth to a 0.9.

NBC's Sunday night lineup continued to struggle. The news special "Ann Curry Reports: Our Year of Extremes" failed to build any momentum in the 7 p.m. slot, settling for a 0.6 average in the 18-49 demo. "American Dream Builders" lost two-tenths from last week to also pull a 0.6, "Believe" fell one-tenth to a 1.0 and "Crisis" also ticked down one-tenth to a 1.0, as NBC finished a distant fourth among the big four networks and tied with Spanish-language Univision.

For prime time overall, CBS led the way in adults 18-49 with a 2.8 average rating, followed by ABC (1.7 average), Fox (1.5) and NBC and Univision (both 0.8). CBS held a commanding lead in total viewers with 13.1 million, topping ABC (6.3 million), NBC (3.9 million), Fox (3.7 million) and Univision (2.1 million).

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