Summer's Hottest Acts Perform on CMA Music Festival: Country's Night to Rock, Airing Tuesday, August 5 on ABC Scott Frans July 9, 2014 NASHVILLE – Summer’s hottest artists will perform on “CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock” airing Tuesday, Aug. 5 (8:00-11:00 PM/ET) on the ABC Television Network and hosted for the second year by reigning CMA Vocal Group of the Year Little Big Town. Filmed during CMA Music Festival in June, the special features many of today’s most exciting Country Music stars, including Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Hunter Hayes, Brad Paisley, and The Band Perry, as they hit the stage during the four-day party and celebration of America’s music. The special first aired in 2004. This is the 10th time ABC will broadcast the special – which invites the whole country to America’s largest Country Music celebration. The annual special will air on ABC through 2021. The Aug. 12, 2013 airing of “CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock” (8.3 million and 2.0/6) dominated its three-hour time period, beating CBS (6.1 million and 1.5/4) by wide margins in viewers (+36 percent) and young adults (+33 percent). The “CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock” spiked over 2012’s telecast (5.7 million and 1.5/4 on 9/17/12) by 46 percent in viewers and by 33 percent in Adults 18-49. In fact, the 2013 special drew the biggest-ever audience on ABC and equaled a seven-year high in Adults 18-49 (since 2006). ABC began airing the annual program in 2005. “CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock” is executive-produced by Robert Deaton.