As officially approximated by CBS, The Amazing Race 20 came out of the starting gate with 9.9 million total viewers and a 2.6 demo rating. Versus a year ago, the competition series was up a few percentage points, yet down from its fall opener.
Sunday’s other premiere, The Celebrity Apprentice, averaged 7.4 million total viewers and a 2.6 rating, which is on par with the NBC series’ previous opener.
The night also offered up one finale: ABC’s Pan Am touched down with an audience of 3.9 mil while scoring a 1.2 rating, which marks a sizable if irrelevant jump from its previous, Grammy Awards-impaired outing. (Prior to that irregular week, Pan Am drew a 3.74/1.2.).
A few other quick notes:
* On ABC, Once Upon a Time (9.7 mil/3.0) drew a few extra eyeballs but was flat in the demo versus its Grammys-depressed numbers; nonetheless, the freshman was Sunday’s highest-rated program. Desperate Housewives (7.55 mil/2.2) gained 18 and 22 percent week-to-week. It could/should be noted, however, that both ABC dramas were down double digits versus their last “regular” outings.
* The Simpsons (5.8 mil/2.6) celebrated 500 episodes with gains of 30 percent.
* In other thoroughly approximated CBS numbers, The Good Wife (9.6 mil/2.1) appears down a bit, as does CSI: Miami (9.8 mil/2.1).