TV pitchman Trudeau guilty of contempt


Jurors deliberated for less than an hour Tuesday afternoon before finding TV pitchman Kevin Trudeau guilty of criminal contempt involving inaccurate claims about his best-selling diet book.

Trudeau, 50, sat on the edge of his chair as jurors entered the Chicago federal courtroom but showed little emotion as the verdict was read. Trudeau was accused of violating a judge’s 2004 order barring him from making false claims about his best-selling book, “The Weight Loss Cure They Don’t Want You to Know About.”

Rough week for Fox


A rough week for “The X-Factor” made it a brutal week in the ratings for Fox, which established a historic low-water mark for a big broadcast network during the key November sweeps period.

The Nielsen company said Fox’s prime-time average of 3.8 million viewers last week was smaller than any recorded by ABC, CBS, NBC or Fox in November. Fox also finished fourth among the young viewers who are its most sought-after audience.

“The X-Factor” last Wednesday had 4.5 million viewers, with Thursday’s audience 3.7 million.

For the week of Nov. 4-11, the top 10 shows, their networks and viewerships: NFL Football: Dallas at New Orleans, NBC, 21.09 million; “NCIS,” CBS, 19.18 million; “The Big Bang Theory,” CBS, 16.89 million; “CMA Awards,” ABC, 16.76 million; NFL Football: Chicago at Green Bay, ESPN, 16.1 million; “Sunday Night NFL Pre-Kick,” NBC, 15.87 million; “60 Minutes,” CBS, 15.26 million; “NCIS: Los Angeles,” CBS, 14.76 million; “Dancing With the Stars,” ABC, 13.72 million; “The Walking Dead,” AMC, 12.2 million.

Associated Press

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