The top five albums on the iTunes music chart for the must recent one-week sales period:

The top five albums on the iTunes music chart for the must recent one-week sales period:

v “Reputation”: Taylor Swift

v “A Pentatonix Christmas Deluxe”: Pentatonix

v “Friday on Elm Street”: Fabolous & Jadakiss

v “Beautiful Trauma”: P!nk

v “The Thrill of It All”: Sam Smith

“LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT” (9 P.M., NBC): In the season finale, the cops get tangled in an elaborate online hoax that leads to the rape of a popular social media star.

“HAPPY!” (10 p.m., Syfy): It’s the premiere of this series, which looks offbeat, to say the least. Based on the best-selling graphic novel of the same name, “HAPPY!” follows Nick Sax (Christopher Meloni, “Law & Order: SVU”) — an intoxicated, corrupt ex-cop turned hit man — who is adrift in a world of casual murder, soulless sex and betrayal. After a hit gone wrong, his inebriated life is forever changed by a tiny, relentlessly positive, imaginary blue winged horse named “Happy” (Patton Oswalt).

TV listings, C4


Twitter releases year’s top retweets


The top retweet of 2017, according to Twitter, came from fast food lover Carter Wilkerson , who begged people to retweet him so that he could get a year’s worth of free chicken nuggets from Wendy’s. He fell short of the 18-million retweet bar set by the fast-food chain, but Wendy’s gave Wilkerson the nuggets anyway for the effort.

President Barack Obama with 1.7 million retweets in August, was second. Obama took three of the top 10 spots on the list. Cleveland Cavaliers star Lebron James was seventh, with a tweet that criticized President Donald Trump over his decision to rescind Stephen Curry’s invitation to the White House to celebrate the Golden State Warrior’s NBA championship.

While he did not make the most retweeted list, Trump took the top spot for the most tweeted about elected world leader. He also came in No. 1 for top tweeted U.S. elected officials, with Vice President Mike Pence and Speaker of the House Paul Ryan taking second and third.

PBS’ special live coverage of Trump’s inauguration day was the most viewed live stream broadcast.

Lauer firing boosts ‘Today’ ratings


On the week host Matt Lauer was fired because of sexual misconduct charges, NBC’s “Today” show beat its rivals at ABC for the first time in three months.

The Nielsen company said “Today” had more viewers than “Good Morning America” all five days last week — the first time that has happened in nearly a year.

NBC fired Lauer after a colleague’s charge of an inappropriate relationship that began in 2014, and since then, other women have come forward to charge him with impropriety. Viewers were told of his dismissal at the top of last Wednesday’s show.

Nielsen said “Today” viewership shot up from 4.2 million viewers Tuesday to 5.7 million on Wednesday. The show had 5.2 million viewers for Thursday’s show, during which Lauer issued a statement.

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