In May 2016, ABC cancelled the Nashville TV series after four years. Luckily for the drama’s fans, the studio was able to make a deal with CMT to pick up season five. Now, Nashville was never a hit in the ratings on ABC but we know the numbers will surely be a lot lower on CMT, a small cable channel. Will the ratings be good enough for the series to be renewed for a sixth season or, will it be cancelled instead? Stay tuned.
In season five, the Nashville TV show continues to follow the lives and careers of country music superstars Juliette Barnes (Hayden Panettiere) and Rayna Jaymes (Connie Britton). The rest of the CMT cast includes Charles Esten, Clare Bowen, Sam Palladio, Chris Carmack, Jonathan Jackson, Lennon Stella, and Maisy Stella. Recurring performers are expected to include David Alford, Ed Amatrudo, Kourtney Hansen, Scott Reeves, Kyle Dean Massey, Rhiannon Giddens, Bridgit Mendler, Jen Richards, Murray Bartlett, Cameron Scoggins, Joseph David-Jones, Joanie Stewart, and Christian Coulson. Will Chase is expected to guest as Luke Wheeler.
The ratings are typically the best indication of a show’s likelihood of staying on the air. The higher the ratings (particularly the 18-49 demo), the better the chances for survival. This chart will be updated as new ratings data becomes available — usually around 11:30am EST/8:30am PST. Refresh to see the latest.
4/10 Update: Nashville has been renewed for season six on CMT and season five returns in June. Details here.
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Note: The “special preview” premiere was simulcast on VH1 (0.04 in the demo with 93,000 viewers), MTV (0.06 demo with 180,000), Nick-at-Nite (0.20 demo and 644,000), and TV Land (0.08 demo with 403,000).
What do you think? Do you like the Nashville TV show? Do you think it should be cancelled or renewed for a sixth season on CMT?