CBS series outdraw football in ratings


A stalwart pair of CBS series proved more enticing to viewers than an unsuspenseful Steelers-Bengals football game.

“NCIS” and “The Big Bang Theory” topped the Nielsen ratings last week, pushing the typically strong “NBC Sunday Night Football” into third place.

CBS averaged 9.3 million viewers in prime time, followed by NBC with 7.5 million. Fox had 6.1 million, ABC had 5.6 million, Univision had 2.6 million and CW had 1.3 million.

For the week of Dec. 9-15, the top 10 shows, their networks and viewerships: “NCIS,” CBS, 19.3 million; “The Big Bang Theory,” CBS, 17.7 million; “NBC Sunday Night Football: Cincinnati at Pittsburgh,” NBC, 16.4 million; “NFL Regular Season: Chicago at Dallas,” ESPN, 16.2 million; “The OT,” Fox, 15.8 million; “NCIS: Los Angeles,” CBS, 15.2 million; “Sunday Night NFL Pre-Kick,” NBC, 13.3 million; “The Voice” (Monday), NBC, 13.2 million; “The Voice” (Tuesday), NBC, 11.5 million; “Criminal Minds,” CBS, 11.2 million.

Florida Georgia Line’s Kelley gets married


Brian Kelley of the country duo Florida Georgia Line capped off a year full of awards and broken records by marrying his girlfriend Brittney Marie Cole at an intimate ceremony in Nashville.

The wedding on Monday was first reported by People magazine. The band’s publicist said the ceremony included just 40 guests at sunset, followed by a reception at Kelley’s 32-acre property.

Kelley and Tyler Hubbard have been riding a wave of success from their debut album, “Here’s To The Good Times,” which brought them multiple music awards and nominations this year. Their smash rap-country remix of “Cruise” with Nelly set a record for weeks atop the country singles chart.

KISS frontman Paul Stanley has book deal


It’s legacy time for KISS frontman and co-founder Paul Stanley.

Not only are Stanley and fellow band members being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, he has a memoir scheduled to come out less than two weeks after the ceremony.

HarperOne announced Tuesday that Stanley’s “Face the Music: A Life Exposed” is coming out April 22.

The publisher says the book will feature rare photographs and candid memories about his wild life with the mega-selling band.

Earlier Tuesday, the Rock Hall announced that KISS, Linda Ronstadt and Peter Gabriel were among the performers voted in.

The ceremony is scheduled for April 10.

Associated Press

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