ABC ranked as the second most watched network Thursday night (12/1), with CMA Country Christmas drawing 9.26 million viewers at the 9 PM/ET hour and 8.75 million viewers during 10 PM/ET spot.
During its time slot, CMA Country Christmas was the most-watched TV program overall. The show also topped CBS’ Grammy Nominations Concert by 3.3 million viewers from the previous night (11/30). In addition, among adults ages 18-49, CMA Country Christmas beat out NBC’s original programming (The Office/Whitney/Prime Suspect) by 11%.
Hosted for the second time by Sugarland’s Jennifer Nettles, the concert featured Lauren Alaina, Vince Gill, Amy Grant, Faith Hill, Little Big Town, Martina McBride, Scotty McCreery, Kellie Pickler, Rascal Flatts, Darius Rucker, Brian Setzer, Sugarland, Brad Paisley and Keith Urban. It re-airs Saturday, Dec. 17 (9:00-11:00 PM/ET) on the ABC.
CMA Country Christmas is a production of the Country Music Association. Robert Deaton is the executive producer, Paul Miller is the director and David Wild is the writer.