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NEW YORK (AP) — Two sporting events last week — the Kentucky Derby and first round of the NFL draft — pulled in more television viewers than the Oscars, something inconceivable only a couple of years ago.
The Nielsen company said 14.5 million people watched Medina Spirit win the Derby on Saturday, and all the surrounding hoopla of the event, on NBC. The draft's opening, televised on ABC, ESPN and the NFL Network, reached 12.6 million people combined.
Woman Claiming to Be Matt James' Ex Says He Reached Out Just Before He Was Spotted with Rachael Kirkconnell
"I felt like I had to say something," Grace Amerling said in an Instagram Live on FridayJames, 29, concluded his season with Kirkconnell, but the pair broke up after former social media posts of Kirkconnell's that showed racist behavior resurfaced online (she has since apologized and said that she is "learning and will continue to learn how to be antiracist"). The duo were spotted together this week, prompting a woman named Grace Amerling to share her alleged experience with James.
Less than two weeks earlier the Academy Awards, once one of the most-watched events of the year, barely topped 10 million viewers.
NBC Sports couldn't resist tweeting out over the weekend that the Derby was watched by more people than any entertainment awards show this cycle. The event also added to the legend of NBC statistics maven Steve Kornacki, the only one on the network to correctly predict the winner.
The Derby's audience beat last year's event, seen by only 9.4 million people because it was held in September because of the pandemic. It was down 12% from the 2019 race.
Draft coverage was down 19% from 2020, although that event attracted a sports-starved audience in the second month of the pandemic. But in an era when most TV events struggle to reach an audience, this year's opening round was the second most-watched opening of the draft ever.
Reunion tour! Josie and the Pussycats stars reunite for the movie's 20th anniversary
Rachael Leigh Cook, Rosario Dawson, and Tara Reid got back together over Zoom to reminisce about the 2001 cult classic. Rachael Leigh Cook, Rosario Dawson, and Tara Reid, who starred as the eponymous band in Universal's 2001 film Josie and the Pussycats, reunited in a video released Friday to mark the film's 20th anniversary. (The movie first hit theaters on April 11, 2001.) "I'm thrilled that people have continued to watch our movie and that it's only somehow gained steam over the years," Cook said. "That's incredibly cool." "Especially because I think it was way ahead of its time," Dawson added.
Although the draft has been an annual event for decades, it has only recently become a major TV event. The NFL used to hold it on weekend days and in 2007, for instance, the first round was seen by 4.5 million people, Nielsen said.
But in 2010 the first round was moved to prime time. ABC began airing it three years ago, and it's a must-see moment for football fans.
CBS was the most-watched network in prime time last week, averaging 4.8 million viewers. ABC had 3.2 million, NBC had 2.9 million, Fox had 2.1 million, Univision had 1.2 million, Ion Television had 1 million and Telemundo had 920,000.
Fox News Channel led the cable networks, averaging 2.2 million viewers in prime time. ESPN had 2.04 million, MSNBC had 1.59 million, HGTV had 1.3 million and CNN had 1.1 million.
ABC's “World News Tonight” won the evening news ratings race, averaging 7.4 million viewers. NBC's “Nightly News” had 6.5 million and the “CBS Evening News” had 4.9 million.
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In honor of the 20th anniversary, Rachael Leigh Cook put her cat ears back on to dish on the film's cult classic status, attempting to sing and being put in "movie jail" after its release.Directed and written by Harry Elfont and Deborah Kaplan, Josie and the Pussycats became one of the early aughts' biggest box office bombs. Released on April 11, 2001, the movie grossed just $14 million and was panned—sometimes savagely so—in almost every review. The experience scarred the directorial duo so much that they never helmed a movie again.
For the week of April 26-May 2, the top 20 programs, their networks and viewerships:
1. “NCIS,” CBS, 8.55 million.
2. “60 Minutes,” CBS, 7.62 million.
3. “FBI,” CBS, 7.57 million.
4. “Young Sheldon,” CBS, 7.34 million.
5. “The Equalizer,” CBS, 7.23 million.
6. “The Voice,” NBC, 6.8 million.
7. “NFL Draft, Round 1,” ESPN, 6.48 million.
8. “Blue Bloods,” 6.29 million.
9. “American Idol,” ABC, 6.01 million.
10. “911,” Fox, 5.97 million.
11. “FBI: Most Wanted,” CBS, 5.62 million.
12. “NCIS: Los Angeles,” CBS, 5.61 million.
13. "Magnum, P.I., CBS, 5.35 million.
14. “Mom,” CBS, 5.3 million.
15. “United States of Al,” CBS, 5.25 million.
16. “Bull,” CBS, 5.02 million.
17. “911: Lone Star,” Fox, 4.92 million.
18. “The Neighborhood,” CBS, 4.89 million.
19. “NCIS: New Orleans,” CBS, 4.79 million.
20. “Bob Hearts Abishola,” CBS, 4.69 million.
Katie Thurston Pokes Fun at That Vibrator Moment in New Bachelorette Promo .
Katie Thurston's season of The Bachelorette is almost here! But before she starts handing out roses, she shared a cheeky reference to her Bachelor debut.On Monday, May 3, the ABC franchise released a new promo of its star, Katie Thurston, who is set to hand out roses and hopefully find her special someone on the dating competition series. But before her love story is shared with the world, the reality TV personality paid homage to her time on Matt James' season of The Bachelor.