ACM Awards Ratings Win Night For CBS

Pictured during the opening segment of the ACM Awards (L-R): Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Jason Aldean, Maren Morris, Thomas Rhett. Photo: ACM

The Academy of Country Music Awards attracted 12.08 million television viewers on Sunday night (April 15), making CBS the evening’s most-watched network, according to Viewership was up from the 2017 ceremony, which drew 10.91 million. The show was on par with last year’s event, scoring a 2.1 rating/share among adults 18-49.

The ACM Awards aired opposite American Idol (6.25 million) on ABC, which led into an interview with former FBI director James Comey (9.78 million viewers).

ACM Awards ratings in recent years:

2017—10.91 million
2016—11.18 million
2015—15.77 million (50th annual ACM Awards)
2014—14.14 million
2013—15.38 million


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