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Jamie Oliver's 'Food Revolution' debut down 36 percent from last year

Jamie Oliver during a scene filmed in Los Angeles from the second season of "Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution." AP

(CBS) Who knew that viewers would resist "Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution" as much as the Los Angeles Unified School District did?

Oliver's second season, in which he tries to get the LAUSD to adopt a healthier food program, debuted Tuesday night with 5.3 million viewers, according to The Hollywood Reporter. That's a drop of 36 percent from last season's debut.

THR does point out that "Food Revolution" debuted on a Sunday last season. Plus, on Tuesday it ran opposite "NCIS," which is a ratings powerhouse.

Oliver promoted the new season of "Food Revolution" heavily, making appearances on several shows, including "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" and "The Late Show with David Letterman," where he (in)famously talked about how a beaver's anal gland is used in food flavoring. During guest appearances, Oliver made note of the LAUSD's resistance to him and his ideas and its attempts to keep him from shooting in L.A. schools.

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