And they thought Anne Hathaway and James Franco would bring in more viewers.
Sunday's 84th Academy Awards, hosted by Oscar stalwart Billy Crystal for the ninth time, enjoyed a small bump over last year's much-maligned festivities, according to preliminary numbers.
CBS: The Mentalist (R) 4.8 million (0.9)
Fox: Family Guy (R) 3.5 million (1.6); American Dad! (R) 3.2 million (1.5)
NBC: Celebrity Apprentice 5 million viewers (1.8) [9-11 p.m.]
CBS: CSI: Miami (R) 5.8 million (1.2)