ESPN scores big with football games
Here are the prime-time viewership numbers compiled by Nielsen for Jan. 1-7. Listings include the week’s ranking and viewership:
1. College Football Semi-final: Georgia vs. Oklahoma, ESPN, 26.05 million.
2. NFL Wild Card: Atlanta at L.A. Rams, NBC, 22.82 million
3. College Football Semi-final: Alabama vs. Clemson, ESPN, 20.56 million.
4. “Golden Globe Awards,” NBC, 19.01 million.
5. “NFL Wild Card Post Game,” Fox, 18.64 million.
6. “NFL Pre-Game,” NBC, 16.39 million.
7. “The Big Bang Theory,” CBS, 16.16 million.
8. “Young Sheldon,” CBS, 14.7 million.
9. “NCIS,” CBS, 14.11 million.
10. “Bull,” CBS, 11.17 million.
LeBron, Diddy join criticism of H&M, ad
NBA star LeBron James, rapper Diddy and other artists have responded with outrage to an advertising image by retailer H&M showing a black child in a sweatshirt with the words “Coolest monkey in the jungle.”
The retailer has apologized and removed the image, but not before the ad was widely challenged Tuesday on social media as being racist and inappropriate. James posted a refreshed image showing the model wearing a crown. Diddy posted an image with a sweatshirt revised to read “Coolest king in the world.”
Singer The Weeknd, who has a clothing line at the retailer, says he was “shocked and embarrassed” by the photo and that he would end his ties with the company.
CBS picks Dickerson as Rose’s replacement
CBS “Face the Nation” host John Dickerson is leaving Washington to take over as the third host of the “CBS This Morning,” pairing with Gayle King and Norah O’Donnell as the replacement for the fired Charlie Rose.
It’s a return to the general news roots for Dickerson, a former Time magazine correspondent, but opens a new job on CBS’ Sunday lineup. Dickerson starts at “CBS This Morning” today.
“I feel like it’s the kind of program that fits in with the journalism I’ve been doing all my life,” Dickerson said Tuesday.
Rose was fired in late November after allegations of sexual misconduct.
Markle shuts down social media accounts
Kensington Palace confirmed Tuesday that Prince Harry’s fiancee, Meghan Markle, has shut down her social media accounts in line with royal tradition.
The American closed her Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts. The palace said Markle “is grateful to everyone who has followed her social media accounts over the years” but “she has not used these accounts for some time.” No worries, though, for royal watchers. Kensington Palace has accounts of its own.
Word of the change came after the two visited a community radio station in Brixton that trains youngsters in media skills. Hundreds of people lined the streets to welcome them.
It was the couple’s second official visit since they announced their engagement in November.
The U.S. actress and the queen’s grandson will marry May 19 at Windsor Castle.