Two Sundays in a row, with special Sunday daytime/nighttime events, put CBS on top.
“The Academy of Country Music Awards” -- running from 8 p.m. to 11:30 p.m -- rose around 10% higher versus a year ago to a Nielsen 3.6 rating/ 11 share among 18-49 viewers. The show pulled in some 15.77 million overall viewers, to score the best results for the show since 1998.All this gave CBS a big 3.1/9 18-49 rating for the night.
A week ago, CBS earned less than half those results, with a 1.3/3. But it beat all networks partly because of late afternoon/early-evening coverage of “The Masters,” which push up “60 Minutes” that night to a 1.8, leading all network prime-time programming.
This week, against “Country Music Awards,” ABC was in second place with a 1.4/4 18-49 rating on the night -- up from the week before, where it earned a 1.2/3. “Once Upon a Time” was the same at a 1.6/5. “Secrets and Lies” (1.4/4); “Revenge” (1.0/3); and “America’s Funniest Home Videos” (1.4/5) were all higher. “Videos” benefited from the late-afternoon NBA playoffs coverage.
A mixture of originals and reruns for Fox’s animated Sunday night programming pulled in a 1.2/3, up slightly from the 1.1/3 of a week before.
NBC was down versus a week before -- a 0.8/1 from a 1.0/3. “A.D.: The Bible Continues” dropped to a 0.6/2 from a 1.1/3.