CMT’S “HOT 20 COUNTDOWN” WRAPS 2018 WITH “VIDEO OF THE YEAR” AND “90’S COUNTRY FOREVER” SPECIALS
NASHVILLE – December 14, 2018 – CMT’s flagship show, “Hot 20 Countdown,” is closing out 2018 with two, all-new, end-of-year specials while scoring a +16% increase with Women 18-49 over the prior year to notch its highest rated year for the franchise since 2014.*
The final countdowns of 2018 include:
- “Hot 20 Video of the Year Countdown”
Encores Sunday, December 16; Saturday, December 29; and Sunday, December 30 all beginning at 9 a.m. ET/PT.
“Hot 20” continues its annual tradition of partnering with the USO and saluting the troops by filming this year’s “Video of the Year Countdown” from multiple military bases in Alaska, including the Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson (JBER), USCG Juneau and Eielson Air Force Base. In addition to counting down the biggest videos and moments of 2018, the episode features a special acoustic performance from country singer/songwriter Granger Smith. Host Cody Alan meets with every branch of the military to learn how they protect, defend, and enrich their communities throughout Alaska, and joins in common missions practiced at the bases, including arctic survival training.
- “Hot 20 Presents 90’s Country Forever”
Encore Sunday, December 23 at 8 a.m. ET/PT
Celebrating the biggest songs of country music’s platinum era, “Hot 20 Presents 90’s Country Forever” culminates with a special four-hour marathon of all the hit songs highlighted this past year on “Hot 20” from artists including Garth Brooks, Shania Twain, Reba, Brooks & Dunn and more. Each “90’s Country Forever” segment celebrates a song that has shaped today’s version of country music and features new interviews from both the artists behind the songs, and testimonials from today’s superstars, including Carrie Underwood, Blake Shelton, Maren Morris, Jason Aldean, Kelsea Ballerini and Luke Bryan.
CMT Hot 20 Countdown” is executive produced by Quinn Brown. For more information and exclusive content, visit CMT.com, like the show’s official Facebook page, follow @CMThot20 on Twitter and use hashtag #CMThot20.
* Nielsen, L+SD, Women 18-49, CMT Hot 20 Countdown all plays (Sat-Sun/9A-12P), 9/30/13-9/30/18 by Fiscal Year (October-September)
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