'Nashville' nearing season 5 renewal at CMT

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It looks like "Nashville" will be saved.

CMT is eyeing a pick-up of the fan-favorite series for a fifth season, Variety has learned, following ABC's cancellation that sent Twitter into a frenzy.

CMT was one of many potential buyers for "Nashville," which sparked interest from four or five different venues, according to Lionsgate Television, the studio that was shopping the show around with ABC Studios and Opry Entertainment.

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Lionsgate had been actively searching for a new home for "Nashville," immediately after ABC cancelled the bubble show. Support poured in from rabid fans, dubbed "Nashies," who were responsible for the show's #SaveNashville campaign that was trending on social media for days.

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CMT is a seamless home for the country music drama, which is surely seen as a "get" for the Viacom-owned country cabler. While the ratings (1.8 rating in adults 18-49, 6.7 million viewers overall in Nielsen's "live plus-7" estimates) were not strong enough to warrant another season at ABC, those types of numbers are big for CMT.