The major US TV network ABC has signed a six year deal with the Country Music Association to broadcast the CMA Awards. The awards have been screened by rival network CBS for more than 30 years and are one of the top-rated awards shows on television. The most recent show, broadcast in November 2004, attracted almost 18.5m viewers. This figure is higher than the most recent Golden Globes awards show and close to the Grammys viewing figures of 18.8m. As part of the new deal, ABC will screen a two-hour special 'CMA Music Festival: Country Music's Biggest Party' during the summer.