CMAs sing way to ABC demo win


NEW YORK -- The Country Music Awards led ABC to a nightly win Monday in the adults 18-49 demographic, though the CMAs sank to a record low in viewership and tied its lowest adults 18-49 demo rating.

The three-hour telecast averaged 16 million viewers and a 5.4 rating/13 share in the adults 18-49 demographic, according to Nielsen Media Research. The demo rating was identical to last year's telecast on CBS, which was the lowest since at least 1991.

Meanwhile, "Heroes" (14.5 million, 6.7/15) continued strong with its highest ratings ever in the adults 18-49 demo. It was the night's top show in adults 18-49. NBC did well with "Deal or No Deal" (14.7 million, 4.5/11), and even the troubled "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip" (7.7 million, 3.3/8) was up a tenth of a rating point in adults 18-49 compared with its most recent telecast two weeks earlier.

CBS' "CSI: Miami" (16.8 million, 5.7/15) was the night's top show in viewership, and it beat the awards show head-to-head at 10 p.m. CBS' sitcoms were all originals but relatively low-rated: "How I Met Your Mother" ( 8.2 million, 3.2/8) had tied with its lowest-rated episode this season, while "The Class" (7.6 million, 2.9/7) continued to have problems at 8:30 p.m. "Two and a Half Men" (14.5 million, 4.7/11) and "The New Adventures of Old Christine" (11.5 million, 3.7/9) were at their lowest demo ratings of the season.

Fox's "Prison Break" ( 8.6 million, 3.5/9) was the top show of the night in adults 18-34, though "Justice" (5.8 million, 1.8 /4) was down.

Five days into the November sweep, NBC leads the pack among adults 18-49 with a 4.4/12, followed by ABC (4.2/11), CBS (3.9/11) and Fox (2.4/6).

Among total viewers, CBS is No. 1 with an average of 12.9 million viewers, followed by NBC (12.1 million), ABC (11.9 million), Fox (5.8 million) and the CW (3.4 million).