CMT Music Awards 2024 Ratings Revealed

Ratings were down from last year, but only slightly.


Lauren Jo Black

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April 10, 2024

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Kelsea Ballerini, Dasha; Photos by Getty Images for CMT

The ratings for the 2024 CMT Music Awards have been released. According to The TV Ratings Guide, this year’s broadcast, which aired live from the Moody Center in Austin, Texas on Sunday at 8/7c on CBS, attracted an audience of 5.38 million viewers among adults aged 18-49. It emerged as the top-viewed program of the night, even outperforming ABC’s American Idol, which garnered 4.36 million viewers during the same time slot.

According to the outlet, the viewership for the 2024 CMT Music Awards was slightly down by two-hundredths from the previous year. 

Kelsea Ballerini’s Final Year Hosting

The 2024 CMT Music Awards were hosted by Kelsea Ballerini. This year marked her fourth time hosting the show, first time hosting solo, and also her final time as host

Kelsea Ballerini; Photo by Catherine Powell_Getty Images for CMT
Kelsea Ballerini; Photo by Catherine Powell_Getty Images for CMT

“It’s my final year, yeah,” Ballerini revealed to Variety. “I’ve hosted or co-hosted this show for four years now, and I’ve gotten to host a lot of different kinds of ventures over the last decade — and I really enjoy it. It was the first thing that I did outside of music really, that allowed me to ask myself the question: What else? Like, what else can I do? And I’m ready to ask myself that question again, and I really want to give myself the space to see what else there is.”

Memorable Performances

Ballerini also performed during the broadcast, which also featured performances by Bailey Zimmerman, Dasha, Parker McCollum, Jason Aldean, Cody Johnson, Jelly Roll, Keith Urban, Lainey Wilson, Little Big Town + Sugarland, Megan Moroney, NEEDTOBREATHE + Jordan Davis, Old Dominion ft. Megan Moroney, Sam Hunt and Trisha Yearwood.  

A highlight of the event was the Toby Keith tribute, featuring Wilson, Brooks & Dunn, and Sammy Hagar. 

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Presenters included Amber Riley, Billy Bob Thornton (Landman), Carly Pearce, Cody Alan, Cody Johnson, Emily Osment (Young Sheldon), Emma Roberts, Gayle King (CBS Mornings), James Van Der Beek, Jane Seymour, Jelly Roll, Max Theriot (Fire Country), Megan Moroney, Melissa Etheridge, Mickey Guyton, Minnie Driver, Montana Jordan (Young Sheldon), Parmalee and Paul Walter Hauser. 

Jelly Roll Was The Top Winner

Jelly Roll was the night’s top winner, taking home each of the three awards he was nominated for, including the top honor of Video of the Year. 

“I’m having one of the greatest nights of my life,” the genre-bending star confessed from the stage. 

Jelly Roll; Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for CMT
Jelly Roll; Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for CMT

See a complete list of CMT Music Awards winners below. 



Jelly Roll – “Need A Favor”

Lainey Wilson – “Watermelon Moonshine”

Jelly Roll – “Need A Favor”


Dan + Shay – “Save Me The Trouble”   

Carly Pearce feat. Chris Stapleton – “We Don’t Fight Anymore”

BREAKTHROUGH FEMALE VIDEO OF THE YEAR, presented by Walt Disney World®
Ashley Cooke – “your place”

Carly Pearce and Ashley Cooke; Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for CMT
Carly Pearce and Ashley Cooke; Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for CMT

BREAKTHROUGH MALE VIDEO OF THE YEAR, presented by Walt Disney World®
Warren Zeiders – “Pretty Little Poison” 

Jelly Roll – “Need a Favor” (from 2023 CMT Music Awards)


Scotty McCreery – “It Matters To Her” (from CMT Stages)

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for and her work being featured on She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.