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TV Ratings: ACM Awards Take a Hit, 'Family Guy' and 'Once' Get Bumps

CBS' annual telecast of the country kudos falls 23 percent from last year's highs, though the network still easily wins Sunday.

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With a somewhat fatigued Academy of Country Music Awards, CBS took Sunday night by all measures. The three-hour telecast averaged a 3.3 rating among adults 18-49, down a full ratings point from the 12-year high in 2013. The Las Vegas show also pulled in 14.1 million viewers. (The ACM Awards are produced by Dick Clark Productions, which, like The Hollywood Reporter, is owned by affiliates of Guggenheim Partners.)

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Most competition suffered drops in the face of the ACMs, though ABC's Once Upon a Time was one exception. After a steady Funniest Home Videos, the drama averaged a 2.2 rating with adults 18-49 -- up a tenth of a point from last week. Resurrection (2.1 adults) dropped three tenths of a point, falling below its lead-in for the first time, and Revenge (1.3 adults) dropped a tenth of a point to match a low. ABC took a 1.7 rating and 6.3 million viewers for the night.

Bob's Burgers (0.9 adults) and American Dad (1.2 adults) fell a respective one- and two-tenths of a point on Fox, ahead of steady The Simpsons (1.9 adults). Family Guy (2.3 adults) improved two-tenths of a point, and Cosmos (1.5 adults) held even. Fox took a 1.5 rating with adults 18-49 and 3.7 million viewers.

NBC News special Ann Curry Reports earned only a 0.6 rating in the key demo -- as did American Dream Builders, down two-tenths of a point. Both Believe (1.0 adults) and Crisis (1.1 adults) were also down, each by a tenth of a point. NBC averaged a 0.8 rating with adults 18-49 and 3.9 million viewers for the night.