TV Ratings: Steady CMA Awards Top Wednesday for ABC

The country kudos pull an average 4.5 rating among adults 18-49
Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley

Country was king on ABC Wednesday night. The annual airing of the CMA Awards topped the rest of the broadcast networks in both viewers and the key demo. With a steady 4.5 rating among adults 18-49 and 16.1 million viewers, the special gave ABC its best night since the Oscars.

The rest of the competition proved steady as well, with barely any movement from last week's live-plus-same-day showings across the board. CBS' lineup led the pack for second place with new outings of Survivor (2.2 adults), Criminal Minds (off two-tenths of a point for a 2.3 adults) and Stalker (1.5 adults).

NBC's The Mysteries of Laura (1.2 adults) and Law and Order: SVU (1.6 adults) both matched last week's scores, while Chicago PD (1.3 adults) was down two-tenths of a point for a low.

Red Band Society (0.9 adults) and Hell's Kitchen (1.3 adults), which had been off for Fox's World Series coverage, both returned steady.

And The CW also held last week's scores for Arrow (1.0 adults) and The 100 (0.6 adults).