ABC-TV Special Leads Into Tonight’s CMA Awards

ABC's Robin Roberts talks to Tim McGraw for the TV special.

ABC's Robin Roberts talks to Tim McGraw for the TV special.

“Country Music’s Biggest Night” is upon us. CMA Awards tickets are sold out, ABC has been hyping Country with special programming, and downtown traffic is being adjusted for load-in to the Sommet Center.

As part of the CMA Awards excitement, last night (11/10) ABC presented the hour-long special In The Spotlight with Robin Roberts: Bright Lights. Big Stars. All Access Nashville. The Good Morning America co-anchor visited with Carrie Underwood, Tim McGraw, Martina McBride, Loretta Lynn, Rosanne Cash, Vince Gill, Taylor Swift, Rascal Flatts, President Barack Obama and many others.

According to Zap2It.com’s Fast National ratings for last night, Tuesday, Nov. 10, the show came in second place among the networks for the 10 PM/ET hour. With 9.6 million viewers it was behind CBS’s The Good Wife (12.9 million) and ahead of NBC’s The Jay Leno Show (5.7 million).

Tonight’s CMA Awards start at 7 PM local time, with pre-show awards being handed out by Love And Theft beginning at 6:30 PM. The Awards air on ABC starting at 7 PM. CMT goes live with its annual, exclusive coverage of the red carpet at 6 PM and streaming at CMT.com. SIRIUS XM’s The Highway (SIRIUS 60, XM 16) will broadcast live from the Awards from 6-10 PM/CT.

Road closures will affect parts of Clark Pl., 6th Ave., 7th Ave., Franklin St., and Demonbreun between 4th and 7th.

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