Wednesday, March 29, 2017
‘60 Minutes’ tops list for 1st time since 2008
CBS’ “60 Minutes” returned this week to a familiar place it hadn’t been accustomed to visiting that much lately: first place in the prime-time television rankings.
The venerable newsmagazine hadn’t finished as the most-watched program of the week since November 2008, when newly elected Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, sat down for the first TV interview since their election.
For the week of March 20-26, the top 10 shows, their networks and viewerships: “60 Minutes,” CBS, 14.7 million; “Dancing With the Stars,” ABC, 12.09 million; “NCIS: Los Angeles,” CBS, 11.71 million; “The Voice” (Tuesday), NBC, 10.84 million; “The Voice” (Monday), NBC, 10.74 million; “The Walking Dead,” AMC, 10.54 million; NCAA Basketball: UCLA vs. Kentucky, CBS, 10 million; “Little Big Shots,” NBC, 9.81 million; “NCIS,” CBS, 9.36 million; NCAA Basketball: Kansas vs. Oregon, TBS, 9.31 million.
Abby Lee Miller quits ‘Dance Moms’
“Dance Moms” star Abby Lee Miller says she has quit the Lifetime reality series ahead of her scheduled May sentencing on federal bankruptcy fraud charges.
Miller posted on Instagram on Sunday that she will no longer take part in the show. She says that she has asked for creative credit for her ideas for the show for six years, but hasn’t received it. She says she has been “manipulated, disrespected and used.”
A&E Networks, which includes Lifetime, declined to comment on the post.
Miller pleaded guilty in June to hiding about $775,000 from a bankruptcy court after filing for Chapter 11. She’s set to be sentenced in Pittsburgh on May 8.
Baldwin ‘stunned’ at impression’s popularity
Alec Baldwin says he’s “stunned” at the popularity of his impression of President Donald Trump on “Saturday Night Live.”
Baldwin tells Vanity Fair that he took up “SNL” producer Lorne Michaels’ offer to play the Republican billionaire after a planned movie role fell through. He says it’s turned out to be an “incredible opportunity.”
Baldwin says Kate Mc-Kinnon is “one of the three most talented people” he’s worked with on the show. She’s played Hillary Clinton, Trump aide Kellyanne Conway and Attorney General Jeff Sessions on “SNL” this season.