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Country Music Awards, Football Top Week's Nielsens
In this Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017, file photo, Carrie Underwood performs “Softly and Tenderly” during an In Memoriam tribute at the 51st annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)
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After two years of record low ratings, the Country Music Association Awards rebounded last week and was the most-watched entertainment program on television last week.

Hoist a glass to the appeal of country music? Not so fast. The size of last year’s audience was depressed since it aired on the same night of an epic World Series seventh game between the Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Indians.

This year, the competition was much more manageable. The awards reached 14.3 million people last week for ABC, compared to 12.5 million the year before, the Nielsen company said.

NBC won the week’s ratings race on the strength of two football games. Sunday night’s game between New England and Denver was the week’s most popular program, Nielsen said.

CBS had eight of the week’s top nine most-watched scripted programs, with only NBC’s “This is Us” breaking the stranglehold.

NBC averaged 8.1 million viewers in primetime. CBS had 7.6 million, ABC had 6.2 million, Fox had 4 million, Univision had 1.6 million, the CW had 1.34 million, Telemundo had 1.33 million and ION Television had 1.2 million.

ESPN was the week’s most popular cable network, averaging 3.25 million viewers in prime time. Fox News Channel had 2.33 million, Hallmark had 2.11 million, MSNBC had 1.73 million and the USA Network had 1.31 million.

ABC’s “World News Tonight” continued its winning streak atop the evening newscasts, averaging 9.2 million viewers last week. NBC’s “Nightly News” had 8.6 million and the “CBS Evening News” had 6.7 million.

Below are primetime viewership numbers compiled by Nielsen for Nov. 6-12. Listings include the week’s ranking and viewership.

1. NFL Football: New England at Denver, NBC, 17.51 million.
2. “Sunday Night NFL Pre-Kick,” NBC, 14.56 million.
3. “CMA Awards,” ABC, 14.28 million.
4. “The Big Bang Theory,” CBS, 13.8 million.
5. “NCIS,” CBS, 13.47 million.
6. NFL Football: Seattle at Arizona, NBC, 13.11 million.
7. “Young Sheldon,” CBS, 12.39 million.
8. “60 Minutes,” CBS, 11.27 million.
9. NFL Football: Detroit at Green Bay, ESPN, 11.15 million.
10. “Bull,” CBS, 10.77 million.
11. “Football Night in America, Part 3,” NBC, 10.3 million.
12. “The OT,” Fox, 10.18 million.
13. “Blue Bloods,” CBS, 9.94 million.
14. “This is Us,” NBC, 9.89 million.
15. “The Voice” (Monday), NBC, 9.63 million.
16. “The Voice” (Tuesday), NBC, 9.48 million.
17. “Dancing With the Stars,” ABC, 9.32 million.
18. “NCIS: New Orleans,” CBS, 9.22 million.
19. “Hawaii Five-0,” CBS, 9.21 million.
20. “The Walking Dead,” AMC, 8.69 million.
20. “Thursday Night Pre-Kick,” NBC, 8.69 million.

ABC is owned by The Walt Disney Co.; CBS is a division of CBS Corp.; Fox is owned by 21st Century Fox; NBC is owned by NBC Universal.