Last night’s Academy of Country Music Awards on CBS, which surprised viewers with a shocking tie for Entertainer of the Year, and included musical perfection from the likes of Mickey Guyton, Eric Church, Carrie Underwood and more, dominated primetime, bringing in 6.59 million viewers and earning a 1.0 rating in the 18-49 demo (1.5 in adults 25-54 demo).
While 6.59 million viewers was enough for the Academy of Country Music Awards to dominate its timeslot, it fell significantly short of last year’s ratings.
This year, the show moved from its usual April airing to September, and aired from Nashville for the first time, incorporating performances and awards presentations from three iconic venues—The Bluebird Cafe, the Grand Ole Opry, and the Ryman Auditorium.
On April 7, 2019, the Academy of Country Music Awards drew 9.9 million viewers over three hours (and a 1.6 rating in the 18-49 demo), which was down nearly 18% from 2018’s 12.06 million viewers.
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