Bits and Pieces
February 8, 2011
Nearly 27 million people watched Glee after the Super Bowl on Sunday. It was the only chance for Fox viewers to see a musical performance on a football field that didn't suck.
You may have seen DAVID LETTERMAN chatting with Barbara Walters on her special with famous heart surgery survivors on Friday. During the chat, Letterman told Walters that he's taking medicine to help deal with depression. He also mentioned on his show the previous night that he'll leave "Late Show" in two years. Letterman turns 64 this April and if he does leave in two years, he'd be 66, which is when his role model Johnny Carson retired.
While a record 111 million people watched the Super Bowl, GLEE didn't do quite as well, but it still wasn't too shabby. Some 26.8 million viewers hung around to watch Glee. That's quite a bit less than the 38.7 million that watched Undercover Boss after last year's game, although it was better than the 22.9 million that stayed for NBC's The Office in 2009.
- R.E.M. will release their new album, Collapse Into Now on March 8th. The group says it's their best album since 1991's Out of Time. However, the band says they won't be going out on tour this time.
- RZA has filed a cease and desist order against THE GAME for including the track Heartbreaker on his free mixtape Purp and Patron. RZA produced the tune for the R.E.D. album, but they couldn't get clearance in time to use a Grand Funk Railroad sample. Still, RZA apparently doesn't want to give it away.
- DOLLY PARTON will release a new album called Better Day later this year. The album will 12 new songs she wrote. Dolly is planning a tour of Britain in August.
- ABC: A No Ordinary Family, V and Detroit 187 (Guest: boxer Tommy Hearns) are new
- CBS: NCIS, NCIS: Los Angeles and The Good Wife are new
- Fox: Glee, Raising Hope and the new sitcom Traffic Light are new
- NBC: The Biggest Loser and Parenthood are new
- CW: One Tree Hill and Hellcats are new
- ESPN: College hoops with Indiana at Purdue
- ESPN2: College hoops with Cincinnati at DePaul
- Versus: Hockey with the Sabres at Lightning
Sunday's Super Bowl averaged 111 million viewers to become the most-watched television program in U.S. history. That beat the previous record of 106.5 million, set during last year's Super Bowl, which topped the 27-year record held by the series finale of M*A*S*H, which had 106 million viewers in 1983.
To proclaim his love for his lady on the 10th anniversary of their relationship, one 29-year-old German man attempted to hang a banner on a freeway overpass. Sadly, the woman in question will be spending their anniversary alone as the man fell to the freeway below and was crushed to death by at least two vehicles.
1931: Actor James Dean was born
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