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March 10, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder, This post has been updated, as indicated below
ABC's "Resurrection" came to life with strong ratings Sunday night, according to early numbers from Nielsen.  "Resurrection," in which residents of Arcadia, Mo., are visited by the dead, drew an average of 13.3-million viewers in its premiere. Among key 18-to-49-year-old viewers, the premiere scored a 3.6 rating, marking TV's best mid-season series debut in about two years in that demographic, since "Smash" launched with a huge lead-in from "The Voice. " A ratings point in the 18-to-49 category equals about 1.3 million viewers.  Sunday's numbers mark a strong start for the new drama that faced competition from AMC's "The Walking Dead" and the "Cosmos" reboot on Fox and multiple other networks.
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ENTERTAINMENT
March 10, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder
Facing a supernova of TV rivals, Fox's "Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey" launched with a solid 8.5 million viewers from 10 networks Sunday night, according to Nielsen.  The heavily promoted, 13-part science documentary series, featuring astrophysicist host Neil deGrasse Tyson touring the universe in a CGI spaceship, arrives more than three decades after Carl Sagan's "Cosmos: A Personal Voyage" debuted on PBS.  "Cosmos" marks an unusual roll-out for...
SPORTS
March 10, 2014 | By Houston Mitchell
Minnesota state representative Pat Garofalo has some questions to answer Monday after he sent out a tweet Sunday night that many people took as racist. The tweet:     Let's be honest, 70% of teams in NBA could fold tomorrow + nobody would notice a difference w/ possible exception of increase in streetcrime - Rep. Pat Garofalo (@PatGarofalo) March 9, 2014 Many people on Twitter perceived Garofalo's tweet as a shot at African Americans, since the majority of players in the NBA are black.
SPORTS
March 10, 2014 | By Nathan Fenno
Pat Garofalo may want to check the numbers before the Minnesota state representative next weighs in on NBA players running afoul of the law. To recap: Over the weekend Garofalo tweeted that no one would noticed if 70% of NBA teams folded with the “possible exception of increase in street crime.” He doubled down on the claim in an email to a website covering the NBA when he noted the league's “high arrest rate.” Turns out that...
ENTERTAINMENT
March 10, 2014 | By Scott Collins
To paraphrase the late Carl Sagan, billions and billions failed to show up for "Cosmos. " A reboot of Sagan's 1980 smash science series on PBS, "Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey" premiered on Fox on Sunday, this time with outspoken astrophysicist and science educator Neil deGrasse Tyson as host and - of all people - "Family Guy" writer-producer Seth MacFarlane as executive producer along with Sagan's widow, Ann Druyan. (Sagan died in 1996.) But despite heavy promotion and curiosity - a science documentary right after "Family Guy," how crazy is that?
BUSINESS
March 9, 2014 | By Chad Terhune and Eryn Brown
A pair of new drugs to treat hepatitis C offer a cure for millions of Americans afflicted with the disease - but at a potentially staggering cost to taxpayers and health plans. Until now, therapies for hepatitis C helped only about half of patients and posed numerous side effects, such as flu-like symptoms, anemia or depression. In comparison, clinical trials of Sovaldi and Olysio have shown cure rates of 80% to 90% with far fewer complications. That progress, though, comes at a price.
BUSINESS
March 7, 2014 | By Jim Puzzanghera, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
WASHINGTON -- The economy added 175,000 net new jobs last month, a surprisingly robust figure given the bad winter weather, the Labor Department said Friday. Despite the increase -- the largest in three months -- the unemployment rate ticked up 0.1 percentage points to 6.7% after hitting a more than five-year low in January. The February job-creation figure was a significant improvement over the 129,000 net new jobs added in January, which was revised up from an initial estimate of 113,000.
BUSINESS
March 7, 2014 | By Ricardo Lopez
California appeared to go in the opposite direction of the national economy in January, shedding a net 31,600 jobs that month, the state's Employment Development Department reported Friday.  Despite the weak showing in employers' payrolls, the unemployment rate declined to 8.1% from 8.3% the month before, according to state employment data.  Large job losses were recorded in the trade, retail and transportation industries, which as a whole...
ENTERTAINMENT
March 7, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder
A "Big Bang Theory"-powered CBS beat its rivals in the ratings Thursday night with solid showings from most of its comedies.  "Big Bang" was the highest rated show with 17.9 million viewers total and a rating of 5.2 among key 18-49-year-olds, according to early numbers from Nielsen. A ratings point in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic equals about 1.3 million people watching.  CBS averaged 10.7 million viewers and a rating of 2.7 for an easy win in prime time. The Will Arnett comedy "The Millers" and "Two and a Half Men" rose from last week to a 3.0 and a 2.7, respectively, but "The Crazy Ones" fell 11% to a 1.7, its lowest rating so far. "Elementary" rose a tick to  1.7. PHOTOS: Behind the scenes of movies and TV "American Idol" hit another low in the demo, falling to a 2.2 in 18-49, while bringing in 9.7 million viewers overall.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 7, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
Moviegoers checking into "The Grand Budapest Hotel," Wes Anderson's new movie about a swashbuckling concierge and his dutiful protege in 1930s Europe, will encounter many of the director's aesthetic idiosyncrasies, such as dollhouse-like sets, quirky characters and deadpan dialogue. According to film critics, however, "Grand Budapest" isn't just a movie for Anderson aficionados - it's an accomplished work that deserves attention even from nonbelievers. The Times' Kenneth Turan writes that while Anderson's films can be "hermetic, even stifling," his latest "is anything but. " In "Grand Budapest," Turan says, "the writer-director's familiar style blends with a group of unexpected factors to create a magnificently cockeyed entertainment.
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