NFC Championship on Fox takes top 3 spots
Here are the prime-time viewership numbers compiled by Nielsen for Jan. 15-21. Listings include the week’s ranking and viewership.
1. NFC Championship: Minnesota vs. Philadelphia, Fox, 42.3 million.
2. “NFC Championship Post-Game” (9:39-9:47 p.m. ET), Fox, 26.53 million.
3. “NFC Championship Post-Game” (9:47-10:04 p.m. ET), Fox, 18.88 million.
4. “The Big Bang Theory,” CBS, 14.92 million.
5. “Young Sheldon,” CBS, 13.33 million.
6. “NCIS,” CBS, 9.88 million.
7. “This is Us,” NBC, 9.82 million.
8. “Blue Bloods,” CBS, 9.45 million.
9. “The Good Doctor,” ABC, 9.34 million.
10. “Mom,” CBS, 9.26 million.
MPR: Allegations against Keillor far beyond single touch
Minnesota Public Radio provided additional details of allegations of sexual harassment against humorist Garrison Keillor on Tuesday, saying his alleged conduct went well beyond his account of an accidental touch of a woman’s bare back.
MPR said in a statement that Keillor was accused by a woman who worked on his “A Prairie Home Companion” radio show of dozens of sexually inappropriate incidents over several years, including requests for sexual contact and explicit sexual communications and touching.
MPR said the woman, whom it has not identified, detailed the allegations in a 12-page letter that included excerpts of emails and written messages. MPR said as it attempted to investigate the case, Keillor and his attorney refused to grant access to his computer, emails and text messages.
Keillor did not immediately respond to an emailed request to comment. He has said in recent weeks he was in negotiations with MPR over separating the two sides’ business interests.
Franco accusers detail misconduct allegations
Two women who have accused actor James Franco of sexual misconduct said on ABC’s “Good Morning America” on Tuesday that they’re waiting for him to make amends.
Violet Paley and Sarah Tither-Kaplan repeated accusations they’ve made on Twitter that Franco abused his power and behaved inappropriately.
Paley has accused Franco of coercing her into performing oral sex on him.
Asked what she’d like Franco to do now, Paley said, “a lot of things, but please just apologize.”
Tither-Kaplan said she was a student in a master class on sex scenes taught by Franco and a lot of scenes “seemed gratuitous and exploitative.” She added that Franco “created exploitative environments for noncelebrity women on his sets.”
Tither-Kaplan said she’d like to see Franco use his power to “give opportunities to women that are real and valuable and actually give them career advancement.”
S. African jazz musician Masekela dies at 78
Hugh Masekela, the legendary South African jazz musician and anti-apartheid activist, has died after a decade-long fight with cancer. He was 78.
Often called the “Father of South African jazz,” Masekela died in Johannesburg after what his family said Tuesday was a “protracted and courageous battle with prostate cancer.”
Trumpeter, singer and composer Masekela, affectionately known locally as “Bra Hugh,” started playing the horn at 14.