Morning Line: ABC said Sunday's Oscars was up 6 percent over last year in Nielsen's top 56 TV markets. The network wasn't willing to yet guess on how many people watched overall.
So, Did Only Sean Penn's "Commie, Homo-Loving Sons of Guns" Watch? Let's put it this way: Yes, of the top markets, blue-state-based New York City turned in the highest prelim rating, but red-state-based Kansas City, Mo., was nearly as enthusiastic, turning in the fifth-highest rating. Rounding out the top five: Chicago (second), Los Angeles (third) and Boston (fourth).