Nashville: CMT Announces Season Six Renewal, Season 5B Premiere Date

Carla Harmon
April 11, 2017

CMT estimates that the show has been averaging 2.1 million viewers a week with seven days of delayed viewing factored in, a steep drop from its broadcast network days. The second half of the show's current season will get underway Thursday, June 1st, premiering at 9 p.m. ET/PT, and coming just days before the network's annual CMT Music Awards.

The devoted "Nashie" fan base has generated record-breaking numbers for CMT. Thanks to it's new network placement and surprising plot twists, Nashville has become CMT's highest-rated show ever. Over the course of the first-half of the season, the series notched almost 16 million total viewers on CMT alone, and almost 23 million on CMT and Nick at Nite. Since its Season 5 mid-season finale, Rachel Bilson and Kaitlin Doubleday have joined the show's cast. The duo executive produce along with creator Callie Khouri and Steve Buchanan. CMT announced today that it has renewed "Nashville" for a sixth season.

Scripted programming efforts at CMT are expected to scale back as Viacom executes a new strategic plan unveiled in February by CEO Bob Bakish, who called on the company to focus resources on six core cable brands - of which CMT is not one. Joseph David-Jones, Rhiannon Giddens, and Cameron Scoggins have recurring roles. Deacon helps Daphne with a school project, but Daphne feels unmotivated.

Charles Esten, who plays Deacon Claybourne on the series, posted a Facebook live video from the Nashville set, where cast members, including Hayden Panettiere, celebrated the renewal. Juliette gives Maddie unsolicited advice about a song. Music City can mean so many things to different people. Meanwhile, Scarlett and Gunnar (Sam Palladio) receives news about the baby. In "Nashville", musicians and songwriters are at the heart of the storm, driven by their own ambitions.

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