Strong ratings for country awards _ with an asterisk

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Last Updated: Tuesday, November 14, 2017

(AP) After two years of record low ratings, the Country Music Association Awards show is on the rebound.

But country music fans might not want to hoist a glass in celebration quite yet.

The awards reached 14.3 million viewers last week, the most-watched entertainment program on television. The Nielsen company said that was nearly 2 million more than the show reached in 2016.

But last year the show had some major competition, since it was held the same night as the seventh game of a memorable World Series between the Cubs and Indians.