‘CMA Country Christmas’ Ratings Tick Up

Jennifer Nettles (l) and Idina Menzel perform during "CMA Country Christmas" airing Monday, Dec. 1 on the ABC Television Network. Photo: John Russell / CMA

Jennifer Nettles (l) and Idina Menzel perform during “CMA Country Christmas.” Photo: John Russell / CMA

Last night’s (Dec. 1) airing of CMA Country Christmas attracted 8.9 million viewers, according to Nielsen preliminary data on Zap2it.com. The ABC show garnered a 1.6 adults 18-49 rating, up a tenth from the 1.5 adults 18-49 rating earned by the 2013 special.

CMA Country Christmas was up for the second consecutive year in both total viewers (up 20 percent, 8.9 million vs. 7.4 million) and adults 18-49 (up 7 percent, 1.6/4 vs. 1.5/4). The show delivered its second-best-ever numbers in viewers and young adults.

The hour-long show came in second place among the major networks, falling behind NBC’s The Voice. The vocal competition earned a 2.7 adults 18-49 rating and scored 10.99 million viewers.

The show featured performances from host Jennifer Nettles, along with Carrie Underwood, Idina Menzel, Little Big Town, Michael W. Smith, Alan Jackson, Brad Paisley, LeAnn Rimes, Steven Tyler, and more.

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