47th Annual CMA Awards 8 p.m., ABC
Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood return for the sixth time to cohost this celebration of country music live from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville. Expected onstage collaborations include Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters sitting in with the Zac Brown Band and the trio of Taylor Swift, Vince Gill, and Alison Krauss. Additionally, Alan Jackson will pay tribute to the late, great George Jones, who passed away earlier this year. No doubt, Paisley and Underwood will have some fun with the kerfuffle between entertainer of the year contender Luke Bryan and Brown, whose band is nominated in the vocal group category. A few months back Brown called Bryan’s current hit “That’s My Kind of Night” the worst song he’d ever heard. If the producers want fireworks, how about teaming those two up to present?
Nature: Love in the Animal Kingdom 8 p.m., Channel 2
Do animals fall in love? This special looks at the way various animals date and mate, including the feminine wiles of a young gorilla, the flamingo love tango, the dramatic entanglements of gibbons, and the relationships of blue-footed boobies, who are apparently prone to swinging. Tune in and see if it’s hard out there for a chimp.
Criminal Minds 9 p.m., CBS
Boston Strangler redux.
American Horror Story: Coven 10 p.m., FX
South Park 10 p.m., Comedy Central
Three words never expected in the same sentence: Cartman and world peace.