February 12, 2014 |
Today is Darwin Day, the 205th anniversary of the birth of the father of the theory of evolution. It's a scientific "holiday" that has had its evolutionary ups and downs. Five years ago, for the bicentennial of Darwin's birth and the 150th anniversary of his publication of " On the Origin of Species, " celebration was robust, with Darwin Days proclaimed on dozens of college campuses, in museums and in the halls of government. Today, well, not so much. The oldest known ancestor of the holiday, pushed these days by the American Humanist Assn., arose at Salem State University in Massachusetts, in 1980, which still holds a weeklong Darwin festival.
February 7, 2014 |
NBC carried "bonus" coverage of the Winter Olympics ahead of Friday's opening ceremony in Sochi, Russia, easily beating the other broadcast networks, though other high-rated shows including "American Idol" and "Big Bang Theory" held relatively steady against the sports competition. Time zone-adjusted numbers haven't been released yet, but in Nielsen's 56 metered markets, the Olympics garnered an 11.8 rating (18% share of households watching TV) in prime time. That's the best broadcast metered market result for a Thursday night since NBC's coverage of the 2013 NFL kickoff game between the Baltimore Ravens and the Denver Broncos.
February 1, 2014 |
"Twilight" film series vampire Robert Pattinson found a warm body to pay $6.375 million for his Los Feliz home. Jim Parsons of "The Big Bang Theory" is the new owner. The 1922 Spanish Colonial-style house has a formal entry, a library/study, a den, three bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms and 4,026 square feet of space in two stories. Antiqued tile and stone, hand-carved wood and stenciled ceilings maintain a vintage vibe. The 1.5-acre sloping lot, enclosed by walls, features a lagoon-style swimming pool, waterfalls and fountains.
January 31, 2014 |
Ratings giants "The Big Bang Theory" and "American Idol" on Thursday night faced off for the first time this season, resulting in declines for both, while comedy-driven CBS laughed away with a clear win. Meanwhile, NBC scored with "Saturday Night Live" clips of sports sketches. "The Big Bang Theory" was off for the first couple of weeks of "American Idol's" 13th season. Thursday night's "Big Bang" episode drew an average of 18.9 million viewers overall, and a rating of 5.1 in the advertiser-desired 18-49 age group, according to early numbers from Nielsen.
January 10, 2014 |
CBS' comedies continued to rule Thursday night, though it looks like fans of "Community" are coming back from vacation. The NBC Dan Harmon comedy about a group of misfits at a junior college rose in the ratings from last week's premiere, according to early numbers from Nielsen. "Community" drew 3.57 million viewers and generated a rating of 1.4 in the key 18-to-49 demographic, up 8% from last week's two-episode average, which is somewhat of a feat given that last year's second episode sunk 37% from the premiere. "Parks and Recreation" returned and jumped 40% from its last original episode more than a month ago, scoring a 1.4 in the 18-to-49 demographic.
January 9, 2014 |
Kaley Cuoco is seriously sweet on her new husband, Ryan Sweeting, thanking him profusely in her People's Choice Awards acceptance speech. Upon receiving the award for comedic TV actress, "The Big Bang Theory" star, 28, kissed her groom before proceeding to the stage to accept the "second best thing" that happened to her this year. "Oh, my God! Wow! This is such an honor, you guys," the two-time People's Choice Awards host said gleefully. PHOTOS: People's Choice Awards 2014 red carpet arrivals "I cry at everything.