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2005-08-31 01:42:04

By Andrew Wallenstein and Cynthia Littleton LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - "Rome" roared out of the gate for HBO Sunday, as the $100 million historical drama drew 3.8 million total viewers to its premiere. Meanwhile, MTV's 22nd annual Video Music Awards the same night suffered a hefty drop in viewership from last year's event. "Rome" opened to a 9.1 household rating/13 share in HBO homes, making it the most highly rated program on the channel since the fourth-season premiere of...

2005-07-20 02:59:28

By Cynthia Littleton and Andrew Wallenstein LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Brats and baseball players carried the Nielsen freight during a mostly moribund week in primetime for the seven-day frame ending July 17. ABC had some traction Wednesday with the two-hour debut of reality series "Brat Camp," which was one of only a handful of programs to deliver more than 10 million viewers amid summer-light viewing levels last week. From 8-10 p.m., "Brat Camp" brought in 10.4 million campers...

2005-07-14 05:12:50

By Paul J. Gough NEW YORK (Hollywood Reporter) - Major League Baseball's All-Star Game reached a new bottom for the second consecutive year Tuesday, scoring the lowest ratings since 1970, when the game first aired in primetime. The game, which the American League won 7-5, started at about 7:30 p.m. EDT and lasted until after 11 p.m. on Fox. It averaged 12.3 million viewers and a 4.3 rating/13 share in the adults 18-49 demographic, according to Nielsen Media Research. That was well below...


Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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