The ACM Awards towered over the competition with an average 15.4 million viewers, according to early ratings. It was the biggest audience for the awards show in 15 years, CBS said, and the telecast had its best showing in the 18-to-49 age group since 2001.
The other broadcast relied heavily on reruns. The networks' averages for prime time: CBS with 13.9 million, NBC with 3.7 million, ABC with 3.3 million and Fox with 2.8 million. CBS also won the 18-to-49 age group by a wide margin. NBC's best showing came from a new "Celebrity Apprentice" with 4.5 million viewers.
In Orlando, the ACM Awards drew 192,100 viewers, and Bryan was named entertainer of the year.
CBS had the other most-watched show in "60 Minutes" with 133,200 viewers. The news magazine offered reports on the the barrier-breaking basketball star Jeremy Lin and the families of Newtown, Conn., shooting victims.
Rounding out the top five were "America's Funniest Home Videos" on ABC with 80,600 viewers, the "Real Housewives of Atlanta" reunion show on Bravo with 78,300 and a repeat of "The Big Bang Theory" on WRBW-Channel 65 with 63,900. The Orlando TV market really loves Sheldon and his friends. No. 6 was a two-hour "Voice" repeat on NBC with 63,400 viewers. Blake Shelton was a ratings draw there, too.
HBO's "Game of Thrones" ranked No. 7 with 47,100 viewers -- a strong showing for an HBO show. "Game of Thrones" was also the No. 5 show in the 25-to-54 age group. It ranked behind the ACM Awards, "The Real Housewives of Atlanta," "The Voice" and "The Big Bang Theory."