In the latest TV ratings, NBC’s Sunday Night Football Sunday opener averaged 15.2 million total viewers per Nielsen fast nationals, which do not account for viewership in the Los Angeles Rams’ home market and other West Coast markets. But pending eventual adjustment in this afternoon’s Nielsen finals, that audience is starting out at 21 percent below the Patriots’ historic, year-ago 33-3 skunking of the Steelers.
Nor do fast nationals these days include out-of-home viewing (a new feature of Nielsen finals), which goosed Thursday’s NFL kickoff game by six percent (from 19.3 to 20.5 million total viewers).
CBS | Big Brother (4.4 mil/1.0) hit a season high in audience while rising two tenths in the demo week-to-week. Love Island (1.8 mil/0.45) drew its second-largest audience of the season.
FOX | The Masked Singer preview special drew 4.7 mil and a 1.3, leading into Fox’s Fall Preview special (2.1 mil0.6).
The Live+Same Day Nielsen numbers reported in our ratings column do not reflect a show’s overall performance, given the increased use of delayed playback via DVR and and streaming platforms. These numbers instead are reported simply to illustrate any trends or superlatives. Kids, ask parents before calling.
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Dancing With The Stars Week 1: Kaitlyn Bristowe does the Cha-Cha
ABC’s hit show Dancing With The Stars premiered Monday night, and Kaityln Bristowe got her first chance to dance on the big stage!
It’s back! Dancing With The Stars has officially returned for Season 29 (and with it a very excited Kaitlyn Bristowe–but more on that in a second!). This season is unlike any other: there is no live audience, so we have to make do with simulated applause (and a good amount of simulated booing as well). The pairs of dancers are spaced out in the balcony to watch the dances, and the judges are as well.
It looks like Len Goodman will not be judging this season (heartbreak!) but may conference in virtually at regular intervals. Longtime pro Derek Hough is the newest judge, and the new host is none other than Tyra Banks! Even with all these changes, it still feels great to be back.
One of the most exciting aspects of this new season is that Bachelorette royalty Kaitlyn Bristowe is getting her long-awaited chance to compete on the show. Last night, she danced the Cha-Cha with her partner, Russian-American professional dancer Artem Chigvintsev. They seemed super excited to be paired up with each other, and Kaitlyn Bristowe said she was “in it to win it!”
So, how was her very first performance?
The pair looked amazing in their neon yellow costumes, dancing to Lady Gaga’s “Stupid Love,” and the judges were very impressed (as was Lady Gaga herself)! Bruno Tonioli was up out of his chair, complimenting Kaitlyn’s foot placement and saying it was “brilliant” for week 1.
Carrie Ann Inaba also said it was a “great first dance,” but lowered her score due to a lack of pointed toes. New judge Derek Hough agreed that it was a great first dance, but commented that it was a little too “safe.” If there’s anything Kaitlyn Bristowe is not known for, it’s playing it safe, so surely she will take the advice and take more risks in the future!
In the end, Kaitlyn and Artem received a 6 from Carrie Ann, but 7s from both Derek and Bruno, adding up to a very respectable first week score of 20 out of 30. The pair finished the night tied for third place on the leaderboard, and their score will be added to next week’s score.
Kaitlyn needs all of us to vote for her, so be sure to tune in next week! Can’t wait to see what the next dance ends up being!
What did you think of Kaitlyn’s performance last night? Share in the comments below!
‘The View’s Sunny Hostin Details the “Race Based Discrimination” She Experienced at ABC
The View‘s Sunny Hostin is opening up about the “race based discrimination” she has experienced while working at ABC. In a virtual event hosted by 92Y to promote her new book, I Am These Truths: A Memoir of Identity, Justice, and Living Between Worlds, Hostin, who is Afro-Latina, revealed that when she was first hired on the ABC talk show, she wasn’t formally announced or even given a dressing room near her View co-hosts. “When I was experiencing it, I was thinking, ‘I hope it’s not because I’m a woman of color,’” she told Meghan McCain, the event’s moderator. “You don’t want to be accused of using the race card when it’s not there.”
In her new memoir, Hostin details her “cattle call” audition process for The View, which involved intense focus group testing with other prominent television personalities, including S.E. Cupp. “I think it’s dehumanizing the way they made these poor women audition,” said McCain during Wednesday night’s virtual event.
“It was awful,” replied Hostin. “All these women were in this room, it was hot, there was no food.” She explained that two of the co-hosts at the time, Whoopi Goldberg and Rosie O’Donnell, were there to test candidates’ chemistry, but they looked equally miserable. “It was one of the worst experiences of my life,” recalled Hostin.
Despite rumors that Hostin was ABC’s frontrunner for The View seat, the job went to Rosie Perez, who Hostin says “wasn’t at” the grueling audition. “I was told later that they gave it to Rosie because they were looking for a Latina,” she said.
“But you’re a Latina,” replied McCain. “Yes,” said Hostin, explaining that she was made to feel that she was “not Latina enough” for the job. “I was devastated about it. I called The View people all kinds of names.”
Just over a year later, in 2016, Hostin was once again approached about joining the show. “You were hired, not hired, but then they came back around within a year,” recapped McCain, adding that The View “dicked around with [her] for a long time,” as well. “They ultimately picked you five years ago, but you didn’t get an announcement. When I was hired it was, ‘Welcome!’ You didn’t get a dressing room. You were kind of slipped in casually.”
McCain then brought up “the awkward elephant in the room,” as in ABC News’ Barbara Fedida scandal. In June, HuffPost’s Yashar Ali reported that Fedida, a network veteran, allegedly made racist comments about various Black employees, including Hostin and Robin Roberts. The following month, Fedida was fired following an investigation into the allegations.
“Why do you think that this still happens in 2020?” asked McCain. “Why do you think there’s not an understanding that all women coming onto an equal show are equal? Why do you think your experience was so different than mine?”
“I don’t understand why this is happening still,” said Hostin. “There is systemic racism in our country and in our corporations.” The co-host and ABC legal analyst added that “for some reason there is this mindset that [she] will accept less” than her white counterparts. “Because the process is so opaque, I don’t know what the norm is, or what I should be receiving,” she said of her feelings at the time. “I this case, I thought, ‘Well, I should get a dressing room on the second floor where everyone else is’ because I could see that was happening. ‘I should get the announcement’ because I could see that was happening. Why wasn’t I getting that?”
Now, a few months removed from the scandal, Hostin believes that ABC and parent company Disney are slowly making progress. “What keeps me going is I receive calls of support from you, from my co-hosts, from the head of Disney who said, ‘We’re going to recalibrate and we’re going to fix this.’ I’ve seen positive steps,” she said. “If my humiliation and pain moves this in the right direction, that’s significant … We’re moving in the right direction. If that continues, it’s all worth it.”
Sunny Hostin’s new memoir, I Am These Truths: A Memoir of Identity, Justice, and Living Between Worlds, is now available wherever books are sold. The View airs every weekday at 11 a.m. ET on ABC.
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