seth macfarlane oscars 2013 ratings TV ratings: Oscars rise with Seth MacFarlane and 'Argo'Fast National ratings for Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013

Ratings for the Academy Awards are up compared to last year’s show. Host Seth MacFarlane and a slate of mainstream movies up for awards, including Best Picture winner “Argo,” made for bigger numbers in the early returns.

Fast nationals — which are approximate because of ABC’s live telecast — put the Oscars at a 12.1 rating among adults 18-49 in primetime, up significantly from last year’s 10.3, which rose to 11.7 in the final nationals. (This year’s show ran until about midnight ET; more detailed ratings will be available later in the day.) Viewer numbers were up as well.

ABC of course dominated the night, as everything but “The Amazing Race” on CBS was a repeat. The Alphaet averaged 32.4 million viewers and an 18.7 rating/28 share in households. CBS (5.7 million, 3.6/5) was the best of the rest. FOX (2.9 million, 1.7/3) beat NBC (2.8 million, 1.8/3) for third.

ABC scored a 10.1 rating among adults 18-49 in primetime. FOX took second in the demographic with a 1.3, followed by CBS, 1.1, and NBC, 0.8.

]]>7 p.m. ABC: Oscars red carpet (21.6 million viewers, 12.4/20 households)
CBS: “60 Minutes” rerun (8.3 million, 5.3/8)
NBC: “Dateline” rerun (4.1 million, 2.7/4)
FOX: “Bob’s Burgers” reru (2.35 million, 1.5/2)/”The Cleveland Show” rerun (2.6 million, 1.6/2) 18-49 leader: Oscars red carpet (5.8) 8 p.m. ABC: Oscars red carpet (31.5 million, 18.0/27)/85th annual Academy Awards (42.4 million, 24.0/34)
CBS: “The Amazing Race” (6.8 million, 4.0/6)
FOX: “The Simpsons rerun (3.5 million, 2.0/3)/”The Cleveland Show” rerun (2.9 million, 1.7/2)
NBC: “Betty White’s Off Their Rockers” rerun (3.2 million, 1./3) 18-49 leader: Academy Awards (13.8) 9 p.m. ABC: Academy Awards (37.45 million, 21.5/31)
CBS: “The Mentalist” rerun (4.4 million, 2.9/4)
FOX: “Family Guy” rerun (3.1 million, 1.8/3)/”American Dad” rerun (2.7 million, 1.6/2)
NBC: “Saturday Night Live in the 2000s: Time and Again” rerun (1.9 million, 1.2/2) 18-49 leader: Academy Awards (12.1) 10 p.m. ABC: Academy Awards (33.8 million, 20.0/32)
CBS: “The Good Wife” rerun (3.3 million, 2.3/4)
NBC: “Saturday Night Live in the 2000s: Time and Again” rerun (2 million, 1.3/2) 18-49 leader: Academy Awards (11.1)

Ratings information includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are preliminary and subject to change. Source: The Nielsen Company. More ratings at Zap2it: Daily, weekly and cable