March 05, 2012 9:07am PT by Michael O'Connell
TV Ratings: 'GCB' Premiere Looks OK, Reality Rebounds from Oscar Effect
GCB wasn't off the the most auspicious of starts on Sunday, debuting with a 2.2 rating among adults 18-49 and 7.6 million viewers. The premiere easily tops the last showing of timeslot predecessor Pan Am (a 1.2 in the demo) but doesn't quite crack the series' fall premiere score of a 3.1.
ABC still pulled an easy win in adults, with all series up from their last originals two weeks ago. America's Funniest Home Videos and Once Upon a Time were both up 10 percent, pulling in a 2.2 and 3.4 respectively. Desperate Housewives climbed 14 percent to a 2.5, giving ABC an average 2.6 rating among adults 18-49 and 8.6 million for the night.
CBS, which topped the night in viewers (10.4 million), came in second with the demo and a 2.1 rating. 60 Minutes (1.6), Good Wife (1.8) and CSI: Miami (2.0) were all down, but Amazing Race came back from last week's Oscar drop. The series was up 27 percent to a 2.8 among adults 18-49.
Following a repeat of Bob's Burgers, Fox had new episodes of The Cleveland Show (1.6 rating in adults 18-49), The Simpsons (2.5), Napoleon Dynamite (2.0), Family Guy (2.8) and American Dad (2.1). The only noticeable shift came with Cleveland's 33 percent jump, helping the network secure a 1.7 adults rating for the night.
Celebrity Apprentice saw post-Oscar gains for NBC, jumping back 28 percent for a 2.3 among adults 18-49. Dateline, however, was down 38 percent to a 1.0 in the demo. The network averaged a 1.7 among adults and 5.5 million.