Early estimates indicate that the Oscars' TV ratings actually went up for this year's telecast last night -- but that's not saying much.
A full accounting will be ready later today, but preliminary numbers show a 6 percent uptick from last year's show. But that means last night's show is still among the bottom three least-watched Oscars ever.
Last year and in 2003, when "Chicago" won best picture before 33 million viewers, are the low-water marks for the annual show.
New York, Chicago and Los Angeles were the markets with the highest Oscar ratings Sunday.