Ratings for the Amazing Race and Celebrity Apprentice Premieres, Pan Am Finale

Apologies for the generic-y headline, but it’s kind of a mixed and uncertain bag with this Sunday’s ratings, due to golf overrun on CBS and conflicting benchmarks. But here goes!

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.).

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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).