CMT Music Awards Set Ratings Mark

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The 2005 CMT Music Awards telecast was a record-setter for Country Music Television.

The network said the two-and-a-half-hour live awards show, which aired Monday night, posted a 1.75 Nielsen Media Research rating among viewers 18-49 and drew 9.9 million viewers two-plus, making it the highest-rated and most-watched telecast in CMT’s history.

The 2005 CMT Music Awards were hosted by comedian Jeff Foxworthy, and the event featured musical performances by Dierks Bentley, Kenny Chesney, Alan Jackson, Heart, Toby Keith, Reba McEntire, Brad Paisley, Big & Rich, Keith Urban, Gretchen Wilson and Trisha Yearwood.

“The CMT Awards are meant to be an over-the-top party celebrating the very best in our genre, and we had plenty to celebrate this year,” CMT executive vice president and general manager Brian Philips said in a prepared statement. “Star power drives ratings, and wedelivered our biggest array of talent ever.”