TV Ratings: Academy of Country Music Awards telecast put CBS in Sunday lead
'Once Upon a Time' wins its hour among young viewers
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The 47th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards helped CBS come close to sweeping Sunday night both overall and in the key demo, with only ABC's "Once Upon a Time" sneaking in to win its hour with younger viewers.
Among adults 18-49, CBS averaged a 2.6 rating for Sunday night, beating ABC's 2.1 rating in the key demographic. FOX's 1.7 rating and the 1.6 rating for NBC followed in the key demo.
Overall, CBS had a wider margin of victory, averaging an estimated 12.21 million viewers and a 7.5 rating/12 share, far ahead of the 6.97 million viewers and 4.4/7 for ABC. NBC was third with a 3.6/6 and 5.58 million viewers, with FOX's 2.0/3 and 3.636 million viewers taking fourth.
[Univision averaged 2.89 million viewers and a 1.1 rating among adults 18-49 for Sunday night.]
7 p.m. - CBS started primetime in first with the 9.92 million viewers and 1.3 rating among adults 18-49 for "60 Minutes." ABC was second with 5.46 million viewers and a 1.2 key demo rating for a repeat of "America's Funniest Home Videos." "Dateline" put NBC in third overall with 4.63 million viewers and in fourth with a 1.0 key demo rating. FOX's repeat of "The Simpsons" (2.2 million viewers and a 0.9 key demo rating) and a new "The Cleveland Show" (2.63 million and a 1.2 key demo rating) finished fourth overall and third in the key demo.
8 p.m. - The first hour of CBS' ACM Awards telecast averaged 12.8 million viewers to lead the way, but its 2.6 rating among adults 18-49 was only good for second. ABC's "Once Upon a Time" lost viewers to 8.2 million, but only went down a hair with a 2.7 key demo rating. NBC's "Celebrity Apprentice" averaged 5.19 million million viewers and a 1.5 key demo rating in the first of its three primetime hours. On FOX, a repeat of "The Simpsons" (3.87 million viewers and a 1.6 key demo) and a new "Bob's Burgers" (3.6 million and a 1.6 key demo rating) kept the network in fourth overall and third in the key demo.
9 p.m. - The ACMs put CBS in first alone for the 9 p.m. hour with 13.18 million viewers and a 3.2 rating among adults 18-49. ABC's "Desperate Housewives" averaged 8.36 million viewers and a 2.6 key demo rating. NBC's "Celebrity Apprentice" improved slightly to 5.94 million viewers, but stayed fourth with a 1.8 key demo rating. FOX's "Family Guy" (5.09 million viewers and a 2.5 key demo rating) and "American Dad" (4.22 million and a 2.0 key demo rating) were third in the key demo and fourth in viewers.
10 p.m. - The final hour of the Academy of Country Music Awards averaged 12.945 million viewers and a 3.3 rating among adults 18-49 for CBS. NBC's "Celebrity Apprentice" moved up to second with 6.54 million viewers and a 2.0 key demo rating. Perhaps not surprisingly, the ACM's took their biggest bite out of ABC's "GCB," which dipped to 5.835 million viewers and a 1.9 key demo rating in third.
All ratings information comes from preliminary Fast National Nielsen data, which includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are subject to change, particularly in the case of live events.