Fast National ratings for Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2009.
ABC benched its acclaimed comedy block — plus effectively cancelled “Hank” and “Eastwick” — on Wednesday for the 43rd Annual CMA Awards and the result was a complete primetime domination.
Among adults 18-49, ABC averaged a 5.2 rating, far ahead of the 3.1 rating for CBS and FOX’s 2.7 rating. NBC’s 2.0 rating and the 1.0 rating for The CW trailed in the key demographic.
Overall, ABC averaged an estimated 16.85 million viewers to go with a 10.1 rating/16 share. CBS was a distant second with a 7.1/11 and 11.27 million viewers. NBC’s 4.5/7 and FOX’s 3.9/6 followed. The left The CW in fifth with a 1.5/2.
ABC swept the primetime hours starting at 8 p.m. with a 10.1/16 for the CMA Awards, which also delivered a 5.0 rating in the key demo. CBS’ “The New Adventures of Old Christine” and “Gary Unmarried” were second overall with a 4.8/8 and second in the demo with a 2.3 rating. NBC’s “Mercy” was third overall, but fourth in the demo. FOX’s “So You Think You Can Dance” hafd a 3.5/6 overall for fourth, but topped NBC in the demo. The CW’s “America’s Next Top Model” was fifth with a 2.2/3.
The CMAs had a 10.6/16 for NBC in the 9 p.m. hour, improving to a 5.5 rating in the demo. CBS’ “Criminal Minds” had a 7.6/12 overall for second, beating the 5.8/9 for NBC’s “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.” FOX’s “Glee” returned after a World Series hiatus and did a 4.4/7 and tied with CBS for second in the key demo with a 3.3 rating. The CW’s “Vampire Diaries” encore was fifth.
ABC closed the night in first with a 9.7/16 for the CMAs. CBS was a close second with a 9.0/15 for “CSI: NY,” which seemingly got a small crossover bounce. As per usual, NBC trailed with “The Jay Leno Show.”
All ratings information comes from preliminary Fast National Nielsen data, which includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are subject to change.