Ashley Monroe and Blake Shelton

Ashley Monroe and Blake Shelton perform during the 48th annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 5, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee. 

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But ABC sees growth in teen & kid viewers.

The 48th annual CMA Awards ratings dipped slightly this year, with 16.1 million viewers tuning in to Wednesday night's broadcast compared to last year's 16.8 million.

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ABC did see growth in two demographics: teens (up 4 percent from 2013) and kids (up 19 percent). In addition to the growing popularity of country music overall, the performances of two young pop stars -- Ariana Grande and Meghan Trainor -- might have been partly responsible for that uptick. Grande joined Little Big Town for a glowing performance of her song "Bang Bang," while Trainor was joined by Miranda Lambert for her breakout hit "All About That Bass."

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The awards show finished in first place on Wednesday and was also the most-social broadcast of the night, garnering more than a million tweets.

The night's big winner was Luke Bryan, whose first-ever CMA Award happened to be the top prize: Entertainer of the Year. Lambert also won big, taking home four awards and making history with her fifth straight win for Female Vocalist of the Year.