'Celebrity Apprentice': Just how 'Yuge' were those TV ratings anyway?

Something looks different about this season of "Celebrity Apprentice" — we just can't quite put our finger on it. Oh right, the former boardroom boss is soon to be the frigging president of the United States.

Enter Arnold Schwarzenegger as boss, because, well, why not? Donald Trump may have tiny hands, but he leaves behind some pretty big shoes to fill, TV ratings-wise.

Of course, some recent seasons of the NBC franchise didn't quite deliver as "big league" as the POTUS-elect would like you to remember. Still, the show was always a solid performer, if not always "yuge."

The chart below shows how each season of "The Apprentice" and "Celebrity Apprentice" fared in Nielsen numbers. As you can see, the original version was a giant, back when people actually watched network television.

Since then, the "Celebrity" version has fared better than the one with average Joes, except, notably, in the season when famous alums reunited for an "All Star" season. Check the breakdown out for yourself:


What will this all mean for Schwarzenegger's first season? Can the Terminator keep the show alive?

There's sure to be plenty of intrigue surrounding the revamped host and his new catchphrase. Plus, Trump's not exactly out of sight or mind — or gone from the "Celebrity Apprentice" family. He'll remain an executive producer of the program, though he says he won't play a direct role.

How the show performs will depend on Schwarzenegger's effectiveness and which celebs stick around. Contestants for the coming season are Brooke Burke-Charvet, Carnie Wilson, Carrie Keagan, Carson Kressley, Chael Sonnen, Boy George, Eric Dickerson, Jon Lovitz, Kyle Richards, Laila Ali, Lisa Leslie, Matt Iseman, Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi, Porsha Williams, Ricky Williams and Vince Neil.

Any of those names particularly intrigue you to tune in? Let us know in the comments section.

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ROME, ITALY - JANUARY 25: Actor Arnold Schwarzengger attends the 'The Last Stand' photocall at Hassler Hotel on January 25, 2013 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Ernesto Ruscio/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 15: Leeza Gibbons attends AOL Build Series at AOL HQ on November 15, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Jenny Anderson/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 28: Tracy Edmonds at the 2015 BET Awards press room on June 28, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Prince Williams/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 08: Bob Harper attends 'Disaster!' Broadway opening night at Nederlander Theatre on March 8, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Jenny Anderson/Getty Images)
Investor Warren Buffett speaks during the 'United State of Women Summit' at the Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC, June 14, 2016. / AFP / YURI GRIPAS (Photo credit should read YURI GRIPAS/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 24: Supermodel Tyra Banks attends Cosmopolitan Fun Fearless Money 2016 on September 24, 2016 at Cedar Lake in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for Cosmopolitan)
Jessica Alba attends the fifth annual Baby2Baby gala honoring Jennifer Garner at 3Labs in Culver City, on November 12, 2016. / AFP / CHRIS DELMAS (Photo credit should read CHRIS DELMAS/AFP/Getty Images)
KITZBUEHEL, AUSTRIA - JANUARY 22: Patrick Knapp Schwarzenegger, nephew of Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jason Statham attend the AUDI Night 2016 during Hahnenkamm Race Weekend on January 22, 2016 in Kitzbuehel, Austria. (Photo by Gisela Schober/Getty Images)

The new "Celebrity Apprentice" premieres Monday, January 2 at 8/7c on NBC.

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