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NBC News anchor Tom Brokaw is “very pleased with the progress” of his cancer treatment. The newsman, who revealed last month that he was diagnosed with multiple myeloma last August, gave an update on his health during an appearance (above) on “The Late Show with David Letterman.” Also read: Tom Brokaw Q&A: Why Today's Problems Don't Compare to The Greatest Generation's (Exclusive) “As you know, I was keeping it as private as I possibly could, which I intend to continue doing,” Brokaw said. ”I'm very pleased with the progress, and that's about as far as I want to go. »
- Greg Gilman
According to Nielsen nationals released Thursday, the addition of L+3 time-shifted viewing (DVR playback within three days) has lifted the average audience of “Tonight” for the week of Feb. 24-28 to the show’s third largest tally (6.404 million) since the first week of Conan O’Brien as host in 2009.
The only weeks to draw better were Fallon’s first week (8.49 million from Feb. 17-21 for its episodes starting at 12:05 a.m. due to Olympics coverage on NBC) and Jay Leno’s final week (8.29 million for its four nights, Feb. 10-13).
In same-night results, “Tonight Show” last week delivered a larger audience (5.451 million viewers) than the combined totals of “Late Show With David Letterman” on CBS (2.728 million) and “Jimmy Kimmel Live” on »
- Rick Kissell
"The 'Wickedly' Talented Adele Dazeem"
Travolta’s completely off base introduction made him an instant punch line of the night, and John Travolta, Idina Menzel, Adele Dazeem and Adele Dazim were all trending on Twitter during Sunday’s ceremony.
Menzel, who performed the Oscar-winning song “Let It Go” from Frozen, did not let the introduction bother her, as she went on stage and delivered a brilliant performance of the massive hit song. She has not commented on the flub.
John Travolta Releases Statement
After a days of ridicule, Travolta released a statement on the now infamous introduction, saying, “I’ve been beating myself up all day. Then I thought…What would Idina Menzel say? She’d say, ‘Let it go, »
ABC hasn’t had much to cheer about on the ratings front in a while, but the return of its Thursday dramas changed that as “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Scandal” ruled their hours in demos. CBS still won the night behind “The Big Bang Theory,” while its timeslot flip for “The Crazy Ones” and “Two and a Half Men” produced a higher overall rating.
The Alphabet’s strong performance closing out primetime helped boost latenight’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” which featured “Scandal” star Kerry Washington and hit a season high. “Jkl” finished within striking distance of NBC’s “Tonight Show,” which saw its lowest scores to date with Jimmy Fallon.
Looking at the primetime shows in detail, ABC started slow the 8 p.m. special “Countdown to the Oscars” (1.0 rating/3 share in adults 18-49, 4.7 million viewers overall) but then surged with “Grey’s Anatomy” (3.0/9 in 18-49, 9.3 million viewers overall) and “Scandal »
- Rick Kissell
There was a lot of curiosity in the premiere week of Jimmy Fallon on “The Tonight Show,” and that includes nearly 2 million viewers who caught up within a few days via DVR playback. As a result, the venerable NBC program delivered its largest audience — 10.42 million — since the final week of Johnny Carson as host in 1992.
In Nielsen’s preliminary “live plus three day” results released Thursday, “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” padded its earlier-reported same-night numbers for the week of Feb. 17-21 — growing 29% from a 2.8 “live plus same-day” rating in adults 18-49 to a 3.6 with three days of time-shifted viewing included. And in total viewers, it grew 23% (from 8.493 million to 10.418 million).
The last time “The Tonight Show” drew more viewers for a week came well before the era of DVR time-shifting, as the final week of Johnny Carson’s run in May 1992 averaged a whopping 19.453 million viewers. In adults »
- Rick Kissell
Updated: In updated nationals from Nielsen, ABC’s “Mixology” premiere went down to a 1.7/5 in 18-49, meaning it retained just 55% of its “Modern Family” lead-in (3.1). Also at the net, “Suburgatory” was adjusted down to a low (1.4/4 in 18-49), but “Nashville” edged up (1.3/4 in 18-49, 4.77 million viewers overall).
Numbers for both of CBS’ shows, “Survivor” (2.4/7 in 18-49, 9.40 million viewers overall) and “Criminal Minds” (2.2/7 in 18-49, 9.42 million viewers overall), came down a tick. As a result, “Survivor” matched its year-ago premiere in 18-49, and “Criminal Minds” fell into a tie with NBC’s “Chicago P.D.” for the 10 p.m. hour’s 18-49 lead.
Fox’s “American Idol” came up a bit in the nationals (2.7/8 in 18-49, 10.78 million viewers overall) to open up more of an advantage over “Survivor” head-to-head.
On cable, FX’s “Americans” returned with a 0.7/2 in 18-49 and 1.90 million viewers overall — well down from the show’s year-ago series »
- Rick Kissell
Big Bang Theory star Kaley Cuoco had a very quick courtship with Ryan Sweeting (he moved in to her house after the first date) and she revealed that sounds a little slutty, it really wasn't. 'The Big Bang Theory' actress married the 26-year-old tennis player on New Year's Eve just six months after meeting him and, although she knows it was a whirlwind relationship, she insists they knew they were right for each other say soon as they met. Speaking on the 'Late Show With David Letterman', she said: ''We met on a blind date. We texted a little bit, dinner was great, and then he moved in the next day. It sounds so sl*tty, but it wasn't. ''It all did move quite fast on paper, but we really did know. I'm totally married. I know you're all thinking, 'She's nuts!' I swear I'm not nuts! »
If the misunderstood star would only engage in a little introspection, his self-imposed exile would be unnecessary
It seems that we owe Alec Baldwin an apology. By "we" I mean the general public or at least those of us who fall into one or more of the following categories – professional photographers; amateur photographers; anyone who owns a smartphone (and uses it to take photographs); airline attendants who order people who own smart phones to turn them off before take-off; New Yorkers; gay people who are offended by gay slurs; straight people who are offended by gay slurs; Shia Labeouf; the media in general; MSNBC, in particular, and fans who fail to maintain a respectful five foot distance from the famous person on whom they wish to lavish praise.
It seems that because of our collective failure to treat him with due deference, Alec Baldwin feels he has no choice but »
- Sadhbh Walshe
Remember that time when Claire Danes was a redhead? It wasn't that long ago, but looks like it will just be a blip in time, because the natural blond is officially back to her roots. Claire debuted her red hair back in November on The Late Show with David Letterman, but that didn't last too long, because now she's back to blond. The 34-year-old actress has been lightening up a bit since then, sporting lighter locks at the Producers Guild Awards back in January. But she stepped out for a jog along the Hudson River in New York City on Tuesday, showing off her even brighter, blonder hair. So it looks like Claire's redheaded moment only lasted a mere three months. Now »
NBC has won the first post-Olympics Tuesday in key demos behind “The Voice,” which is looking a bit softer this cycle, and good timeslot premieres for comedies “About a Boy” and “Growing Up Fisher.” Audiences, though, weren’t interested in playing ABC’s “Mind Games,” and didn’t seem all that excited for the return of Fox’s “Glee.”
CBS ran a close second to NBC in adults 25-54 and dominated the night as usual in total viewers with original dramas of its crime dramas, though they were at season lows across the board.
According to preliminary national estimates from Nielsen, the first Tuesday episode of the new season of “The Voice” averaged a 3.7 rating/11 share in adults 18-49 and 13.0 million viewers overall in the 8 o’clock hour — down from the 4.1 demo score from the comparable night a year ago (when it premiered a month later) but easily the night »
- Rick Kissell
A fair share of lookee-loos are checking out the new host of Late Night on NBC — which has given Seth Meyers some promising ratings for his first two days on the job.
The second telecast of Late Night with Seth Meyers averaged a household rating of 2.2 rating/8 share in 56 metered markets, according to Nielsen ratings, which marks the franchise’s highest Tuesday performance in five years (since Dec. 23, 2008, when it scored a 2.4/7). Meyers saw a bit of a drop from his Monday premiere, when he posted a 2.6/9. Still, an 85% retention rate isn’t too shabby for the ex-SNLer.
Meyers was »
- Lynette Rice
Update: In updated “fast official” ratings from Nielsen, Monday’s “Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” averaged a 2.1 rating in adults 18-49 and 6.26 million viewers overall — the top “Tonight” scores on a Monday (excluding Olympics nights) since June 2009 and March 2010, respectively. It easily bested CBS’ “Late Show With David Letterman” (0.6 rating in adults 18-49, 2.59 million viewers overall) and ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (0.5 in 18-49, 2.44 million).
And at 12:35 a.m., the premiere of “Late Night With Seth Meyers” scored a 1.4 rating in adults 18-49 and 3.42 million total viewers — the top Monday scores for “Late Night” since January 2005. The March 2009 premiere of “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” averaged a 1.3 rating in 18-49 and 2.87 million viewers overall.
Competitively at 12:35 a.m., “Late Night” on Monday easily beat the combined averages of ABC’s half-hour “Nightline” (0.3 in 18-49, 1.31 million total viewers) and the hourlong “Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson” (0.3 in 18- »
- Rick Kissell
Kaley Cuoco's race to the altar wasn't nearly as hasty as it might seem. The Big Bang Theory actress opened up about her recent marriage to tennis pro Ryan Sweeting on Monday's Late Show With David Letterman. "We met on a blind date," the TV star recalled. After hitting it off, she said, "We texted a little bit, dinner was great, and then he moved in the next day." Cuoco, 28, knows how that might be interpreted. "It sounds so slutty, but it wasn't," she insisted. "It all did move quite fast on paper, but we really did know," she said of getting engaged to Sweeting after three months of dating. "I'm totally married," she reminded host David »
Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting and her hubby Ryan Sweeting were spotted arriving at John F. Kennedy airport on Sunday. The newlyweds were both bundled up in anticipation for the chilly weather, after having been in sunny California. Kaley was dressed in a bright blue sweater with an animal print scarf and was carrying a green leather coat through the terminal. Meanwhile, Ryan followed closely behind and wore a beige sweater and held his wife's hands as they made their way to baggage claim. The Big Bang Theory actress is currently in the Big Apple to promote her show and make an appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman. The star's hubby took to Instagram to document a rather personal »
Newcomer Lupita Nyong'o picked up the Outstanding Supporting Actress gong at the 45th NAACP Image Awards over the weekend (February 22).
The 12 Years a Slave star, who's up for Best Supporting Actress at the Academy Awards this Sunday (March 2), looked stunning in a plunging Givenchy pleated gown at the ceremony in Los Angeles.
Designers are reportedly desperate to dress the star at the upcoming Oscars, so we take a look back at her bright and bold style during the award season so far below:
She added more colour to the red carpet in a canary yellow J. Mendel gown at the Hollywood Film Awards in La.
Lupita turned heads in this vibrant red Ralph Lauren caped off-the-shoulder »
Update: In “fast official” Nielsen estimates, NBC’s “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” averaged a 2.6 rating in adults 18-49 and 7.69 million viewers overall — the show’s best scores in both categories since its Monday premiere. Thursday’s rating is up 8% vs. the 2.4 for Wednesday and 13% higher than the 2.3 for Tuesday.
Excluding the recent finale of “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno,” the 7.69 million is the largest audience for a Thursday episode of “Tonight” in nearly five years (since an appearance by President Obama in March 2009).
As the Winter Olympics wind down, NBC rolled to another easy primetime victory Thursday while Fox’s “American Idol” hit another low — and placed third among young adults for one of its half-hours. In latenight, NBC’s “Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon” held even with the prior two nights and continues to dominate.
Univision also had a big night, with its annual “Premio Lo »
- Rick Kissell
As expected, the visit by First Lady Michelle Obama gave The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon a bump, with the broadcast drawing a 5.3 household rating in the metered markets, up a tenth from Wednesday. In comparison, both Conan O’Brien and Jay Leno saw their ratings steadily decline every night during their first week starting/returning to The Tonight Show in 2009/2010. What’s more, Fallon’s ratings have been steady after the second-night drop from the 7.1 for the premiere: 5.3, 5.2, 5.3. Interestingly, Fallon accomplished a similar feat during the premiere week of Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, with his Thursday household rating (2.0) rising from Wednesday (1.8) to match the Tuesday performance. Tonight once again dwarfed the late-night broadcast competition, though ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live (2.0 in households) was up 25% from Wednesday with the “Wolf in Sochi” hoax, while CBS’ Late Show With David Letterman (2.0) was down 9%. In the markets with Local People Meters, »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Jimmy Fallon’s Thursday “Tonight Show” — which welcomed First Lady Michelle Obama and Will Ferrell — ticked up from Wednesday’s already- strong numbers to draw 7.7 million viewers. That audience size represents an increase of 6 percent from Wednesday’s episode. The “Tonight Show” earned a 2.6 rating on Thursday in the advertiser-coveted adults 18-49 demographic, a 7 percent uptick from the prior evening. See video: Michelle Obama Hilariously ‘Hand Hugs’ Jimmy Fallon And Will Ferrell in ‘Ew!’ Skit “The Tonight Show” outperformed the combined results in total viewers of CBS’ “Late Show with David Letterman” (2.7 million) and ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (2.4 »
- Tony Maglio
Lupita continued her reign as one of the most beautiful stars in the world as she did press for her movie ’12 Years A Slave’ in New York City on Feb. 19. Get her beauty details straight from her glam squad below!
Celebrity hairstylist Ted Gibson created two unique hair looks for Lupita Nyong’o as she attended the DuJour magazine winter luncheon and filmed an appearance on The Late Show With David Letterman. Get her hot hair look and exact nail polish shade right here!
Lupita Nyong’o At ‘DuJour’ Lunch — Stunning Hair Look
Ted described the look for the DuJour magazine winter luncheon:
“I started off getting her ready for her luncheon for DuJour magazine. I love creating different looks for her.
Lupita Nyongo On Her Role In '12 Years A Slave'
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- Dory Larrabee
NBC’s coverage of the Winter Olympics dominated once again Wednesday, while Fox’s “American Idol” tumbled to its lowest score ever on the night — beaten head-to-head in total viewers by CBS’ “Criminal Minds” for the first time.
In latenight, meanwhile, NBC’s “Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” nearly matched its preliminary Tuesday numbers and again easily beat its rivals.
According to preliminary national estimates from Nielsen, the Sochi Games on NBC averaged a 5.0 rating/15 share in adults 18-49 and 20.1 million viewers overall during primetime, down about 10% week to week as the Olympics tend to lose some steam down the stretch. Wednesday’s action, which included figure skating, men’s alpine skiing and women’s bobsled, was off vs. the comparable night four years ago in Vancouver by 9% in the demo but just 2% in total viewers.
At Fox, “American Idol” averaged a 2.6 rating/8 share in adults 18-49 and 9.9 million viewers overall, »
- Rick Kissell
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