The numbers are in, and the CMA Awards bucked the trend for ABC.
The three-hour telecast managed 7.3 million viewers and a 1.0 rating in the demo — rising 10 percent from last year’s early numbers.
The trend with award shows has been for them to dip over the last few years, so these numbers are a pleasant surprise.
Over on CBS, Survivor perked up to 4.6 million viewers and a 0.7 rating.
The Amazing Race followed with 2.8 million viewers and a 0.4 rating — a big improvement on The Real Love Boat’s performance on the night.
FOX’s The Masked Singer delivered 3.1 million viewers and a 0.5 rating, picking up some steam.
The once-hot series is fading fast.
Lego Masters dipped to 1.1 million viewers and a 0.2 rating.
NBC’s Chicago Med (5.9 million viewers/0.5 rating) was down, while Chicago Fire (6.1 million/0.6 rating) and Chicago PD (4.7 million/0.5 rating) were both steady.
The CW’s soon-to-conclude Stargirl had 470,000 viewers and a 0.1 rating, while Kung Fu had 384,000 viewers and a 0.1 rating.
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