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Nielsen's top programs for Dec. 4-10

Prime-time viewership numbers compiled by Nielsen for Dec. 4-10. Listings include the week's ranking and viewership.

1. NFL Football: Baltimore at Pittsburgh, NBC, 17.2 million.

2. NFL Football: New Orleans at Atlanta, NBC, 14.61 million.

3. "The Big Bang Theory," CBS, 14.41 million.

4. "Sunday Night NFL Pre-Kick," NBC, 12.62 million.

5. "Young Sheldon," CBS, 12.49 million.

6. NFL Football: Pittsburgh at Cincinnati, ESPN, 10.91 million.

7. "The Voice" (Tuesday), NBC, 10 million.

8. "60 Minutes," CBS, 9.996 million.

9. "The Voice" (Monday), NBC, 9.87 million.

10. "Blue Bloods," CBS, 9.4 million.

11. "Hawaii Five-O," CBS, 9.07 million.

12. "The Good Doctor," ABC, 9.04 million.

13. "Survivor," CBS, 8.97 million.

14. "Mom," CBS, 8.78 million.

15. "NCIS," CBS, 8.42 million.

16. "Football Night in America, Part 3," NBC, 8.07 million.

17. "The Walking Dead," AMC, 7.89 million.

18. "The Big Bang Theory" (Monday, 8 p.m.), CBS, 7.75 million.

19. "Thursday Night NFL Pre-Kick," NBC, 7.54 million.

20. "NCIS: Los Angeles," CBS, 7.53 million.


ABC and ESPN are owned by The Walt Disney Co.; CBS is a division of CBS Corp.; Fox is owned by 21st Century Fox; NBC is owned by NBC Universal.

NBC's 'Today' in ratings lead after Matt Lauer's firing

Matt who? NBC's "Today" show was the most-watched morning program for the first full week after long-time host Matt Lauer was fired because of sexual misconduct charges.

The Nielsen company said it was the first time in a year that "Today" had beaten its rival "Good Morning America" at ABC for two consecutive weeks.

The show's victory the previous week wasn't very surprising. With all of the attention given to Lauer's firing, it was to be expected that more viewers than usual would tune in to see how people on the show would react to the news.

Maintaining that lead for the week after Lauer's exit was more interesting. "Good Morning America" generally gets the most viewers in the morning, although NBC's advantage among younger viewers makes it the more lucrative show.

NBC hasn't said anything about Lauer's replacement, but the ratings have to be considered good news for Hoda Kotb, who has filled in as Savannah Guthrie's co-host since the morning Lauer's firing was announced. NBC currently has no one else scheduled for a fill-in week.

"Today" averaged 4.58 million viewers last week to 4.38 million at "Good Morning America." ''CBS This Morning" was third at 3.57 million.

The CBS ratings illustrate virtually no change since that show's co-host, Charlie Rose, was also fired for sexual misconduct on the Tuesday before Thanksgiving. For the four last weeks when Rose was on the show, "CBS This Morning" averaged 3.61 million viewers, Nielsen said. During that same period, "Good Morning America" had 4.34 million viewers and "Today" had 4.22 million.

Behind two football games, NBC won the week in prime time, averaging 8.1 million viewers. CBS had 6.8 million viewers, Fox had 4.6 million, ABC had 4.1 million, Univision had 1.7 million, the CW had 1.3 million, ION Television had 1.27 million and Telemundo had 1.1 million.

Fox News Channel was the week's most popular cable network, averaging 2.53 million viewers to nose out Hallmark, which had 2.52 million. ESPN had 2.34 million, MSNBC had 1.87 million and Freeform had 1.55 million.

ABC's "World News Tonight" topped the evening newscasts with an average of 9.5 million viewers. NBC's "Nightly News" had 8.9 million and the "CBS Evening News" had 7.1 million for new anchor Jeff Glor's first week.

For the week of Dec. 4-10, the top 10 shows, their networks and viewerships: NFL Football: Baltimore at Pittsburgh, NBC, 17.2 million; NFL Football: New Orleans at Atlanta, NBC, 14.61 million; "The Big Bang Theory," CBS, 14.41 million; "Sunday Night NFL Pre-Kick," NBC, 12.62 million; "Young Sheldon," CBS, 12.49 million; NFL Football: Pittsburgh at Cincinnati, ESPN, 10.91 million; "The Voice" (Tuesday), NBC, 10 million; "60 Minutes," CBS, 9.996 million; "The Voice" (Monday), NBC, 9.87 million; "Blue Bloods," CBS, 9.4 million.


ABC is owned by The Walt Disney Co. CBS is owned by CBS Corp. CW is a joint venture of Warner Bros. Entertainment and CBS Corp. Fox is owned by 21st Century Fox. NBC and Telemundo are owned by Comcast Corp. ION Television is owned by ION Media Networks.



Correction: Roman Polanski story

In a story Dec. 12 about Roman Polanski, The Associated Press reported erroneously that he is a native of Poland. Polanski was born in France and moved to Poland as a young child with his family.

A corrected version of the story is below:

LA police probe claim Roman Polanski molested girl in '75

Los Angeles police are investigating allegations Oscar-winning director Roman Polanski molested a 10-year-old girl in 1975


Associated Press

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles detectives said Tuesday they are investigating a woman's claim that Oscar-winning director Roman Polanski molested her in 1975, when she was 10 years old. But the allegations are so old that criminal charges couldn't be brought, even if proven.

Although the statute of limitations has long expired, law enforcement officials may be able to use any evidence they collect to help prosecute other cases.

Authorities are now probing the case because Los Angeles detectives "will always take a report from any victim and then determine if the case is within the statute of limitations," police spokesman Josh Rubenstein said.

The 84-year-old director has been a fugitive since he fled to France in 1978 on the eve of sentencing in an unrelated case for sexually assaulting a then-13-year-old girl. He splits his time between his native France, Poland and Switzerland.

The victim in that case, Samantha Geimer, made an impassioned plea to a California judge earlier this year supporting Polanski's efforts to end the four-decade legal saga that limits his freedom.

The latest allegations against Polanski were first reported to police in October when Marianne Barnard, a California artist, said Polanski had molested her during a photo shoot in 1975 after he had her pose nude in a fur coat on a beach in Los Angeles County.

The Associated Press does not generally name people who report being sexually assaulted, but is doing so because Barnard has used social media to draw attention to her allegations. She did not immediately respond Tuesday to an emailed request for comment.

Polanski's attorney, Harland Braun, said he has hired an investigator to interview the accuser's relatives and has told the investigator to speak with police and provide any information and documents they obtained.

"I believe that a competent LAPD investigation will prove the whole story to be bogus," he said in an email.

The 84-year-old director has been a fugitive since he fled to France in 1978 on the eve of sentencing in an unrelated case for having unlawful sex with a minor. Prosecutors dropped charges that he drugged, raped and sodomized the girl.

Polanski feared that the judge was going to renege on a plea agreement and send him away for more time than the six weeks he served in prison during a psychiatric evaluation prior to sentencing.

His lawyers have been fighting for years to end the case and lift an international arrest warrant that confined him to France, Switzerland and Poland, where authorities have rejected U.S. requests for his extradition.

Polanski won an Academy Award for best director for his 2002 film "The Pianist" and was nominated for 1974's "Chinatown" and 1979's "Tess."


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Man who pretended to be Miley Cyrus' brother gets 6 years

Authorities say a New Hampshire man who pretended to be Miley Cyrus' brother to entice a 14-year-old boy to send him sexually explicit photos and videos online has been sentenced to nearly six years in federal prison.

Twenty-two-year-old Brandon Gray, of New Hampton, admitted using the alias and was sentenced Monday on charges of possession of child pornography and cyberstalking.

Court documents say Gray pretended to be Brandon Cyrus, who appeared in "Hannah Montana" and "The Hunger Games." They say Gray met the teen on the internet and received the images from 2014 to 2016. They say the teenager discovered the online persona was fake and tried to stop communicating with Gray, who sent him harassing texts and emails.

A search warrant executed at Gray's home found child pornography images and videos.

Furious Rose McGowan blasts old friend Alyssa Milano on Twitter over Weinstein’s wife

Rose McGowan took to Twitter to attack her former “Charmed” co-star Alyssa Milano, after the latter appeared on television and voiced her supporter of Georgina Chapman, Harvey Weinstein’s now estranged wife.

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Milano appeared on “Megyn Kelly Today” last week and chatted with the host about her friend Chapman — with whom she worked on “Project Runway: All Stars.” Chapman announced in October said that she was leaving Weinstein after 10 years of marriage in the wake of the sexual misconduct allegations made against him by numerous women.

“Georgina is doing very well … she’s an amazing woman, and I think her priority right now is focusing on how to raise those two children to the best of her capacity given the situation,” Milano said. “She goes through very dark times. She’s very sad. This is not easy for her, but I have no doubt that not only will she come out on the other side of this, but she deserves to. She’s a good woman.”

In response, a furious McGowan tweeted “You make me want to vomit. You actually gave me a body flashback. Well done, fake one.”

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McGowan then suggested that Milano and Chapman should “call up Camille Cosby” — the wife of comedian Bill Cosby, who stood by her husband after several sexual assault allegations.

McGowan was one of the first women to publicly speak out against Weinstein. She also slammed actor Ben Affleck after former MTV VA Hilarie Burton accused him of groping her during a taping of “TRL.” Affleck has since apologized on Twitter.

McGowan alleged that she was part of a settlement with Weinstein in 1997 following an encounter in a hotel room in an explosive New York Times article.

Back in October, she was suspended from Twitter for violating the social media site’s rules.

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The actress took to Instagram to voice her frustrations with a screenshot of her Twitter account that stated the “account violated the Twitter Rules” and they “temporarily limited some of [the] account features.”


Emmy Award telecast moves to Monday on NBC next year

The next Primetime Emmy Awards will move to Monday night to avoid a huge potential tackle by "Sunday Night Football."

NBC and the Television Academy said Tuesday that the three-hour telecast will air Sept. 17. The last time the Emmys was staged on a Monday was in 2014.

The ceremony aired on a Sunday this year and was hosted by Stephen Colbert. It competed with pro football and drew 11.4 million people, one of the show's lowest ratings.

No host has been announced for the 2018 ceremony yet, which will originate from the Microsoft Theater in downtown Los Angeles.

The ceremony is hosted on a rotating basis by ABC, NBC, CBS and Fox.

The top 10 books on Apple's iBooks-US

iBook charts for week ending December 10, 2017 (Rank, Book Title by Author Name, ISBN, Publisher ):

iBooks US Bestseller List - Paid Books

1. Darker by E L James - 9780385543989 - (Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group)

2. End Game by David Baldacci - 9781455586639 - (Grand Central Publishing)

3. Origin by Dan Brown - 9780385542692 - (Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group)

4. Everywhere and Every Way by Jennifer Probst - 9781501124242 - (Gallery Books)

5. The Midnight Line by Lee Child - 9780399593499 - (Random House Publishing Group)

6. The Rooster Bar by John Grisham - 9780385541183 - (Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group)

7. The People vs. Alex Cross by James Patterson - 9780316508827 - (Little, Brown and Company)

8. The British Knight by Louise Bay - 9781386738183 - (Louise Bay)

9. Year One by Nora Roberts - 9781250122988 - (St. Martin's Press)

10. Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng - 9780735224308 - (Penguin Publishing Group)

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The top iPhone and iPad apps on App Store

App Store Official Charts for the week ending December 10, 2017:

Top Paid iPhone Apps:

1. Heads Up!, Warner Bros.

2. Minecraft, Mojang

3. kirakira+, Kentaro Yama

4. Plague Inc.,Ndemic Creations

5. Bloons TD 5,Ninja Kiwi

6. Toca Life: Pets,Toca Boca AB

7. Reigns: Her Majesty,Devolver Digital

8. Facetune, Lightricks Ltd.

9. iSchedule, HotSchedules

10. NBA 2K18,2K

Top Free iPhone Apps:

1. YouTube: Watch, Listen, Stream, Google, Inc.

2. Rush, Ketchapp

3. Snapchat, Snap, Inc.

4. Instagram, Instagram, Inc.

5. Messenger, Facebook, Inc.

6. Facebook, Facebook, Inc.

7. Rules of Survival, NetEase Games

8. Bitmoji, Bitstrips

9. Gmail - Email by Google, Google, Inc.

10. Amazon Mobile, AMZN Mobile LLC

Top Paid iPad Apps:

1. Toca Life: Pets, Toca Boca AB

2. Minecraft, Mojang

3. Minds On Physics the App - Part 1, Physics Classroom, LLC

4. Procreate, Savage Interactive Pty Ltd

5. The Escapists, Team17 Software Ltd

6. Geometry Dash, RobTop Games AB

7. Affinity Photo, Serif Labs

8. Cover Orange 2: Journey, FDG Mobile Games GbR

9. Pocket God, Bolt Creative

10. Toca Hair Salon 3,Toca Boca AB

Top Free iPad Apps:

1. Rules of Survival, NetEase Games

2. YouTube: Watch, Listen, Stream, Google, Inc.

3. Netflix, Netflix, Inc.

4., Steve Howse

5. Super Mario Run,Nintendo Co., Ltd.

6. Words With Friends 2-Word Game, Zynga Inc.

7. Kick the Buddy, Chill Fleet

8. Amazon Prime Video, AMZN Mobile LLC

9. Google Chrome, Google, Inc.

10. ROBLOX, Roblox Corporation


(copyright) 2017 Apple Inc.

The top 10 movies on the iTunes Store

iTunes Movies U.S. charts for week ending December 10, 2017:

iTunes Movies US Charts:

1. American Assassin

2. Despicable Me 3

3. Elf (2003)

4. Atomic Blonde

5. Logan Lucky

6.Home Alone)

7. Kingsman: The Golden Circle

8. The Hero

9. The Hitman's Bodyguard

10. Wind River (2017)

iTunes Movies US Charts - Independent:

1. The Hero

2. Wind River (2017)

3. Stronger

4. Home Again (2017)

5. Heal

6. The Tribes of Palos Verdes

7. The Little Hours

8. Brawl In Cell Block 99

9. F the Prom

10. Good Time


(copyright) 2017 Apple Inc.

Moscow's cadet ball mixes pomp, discipline and inclusivity

Moscow's International Kremlin Cadet Ball is a picture of discipline, pomp and splendor. Girls in billowing dresses twirl across the dance floor, immaculately dressed young men line the hall in orderly rows, and teachers bark out orders, trying to get their students to keep time.

Backstage, however, chaos reigns. As lipstick is applied and hair frantically braided, girls jostle for position in front of floor-length mirrors, trying to capture the perfect selfie.

"Red lipstick is absolutely forbidden!" shouts a teacher, causing the room to go silent. "Cadet girls should be girly, not womanly!"

For many at Tuesday's ball, it's a fairytale chance to experience the grandeur of Russia's czarist traditions. With its string quartets, traditional dance routines and patriotic speeches, the event harks back to a bygone era.

"I'm a bit scared, to be honest," said 13-year-old Masha Pavlenkova, one of a family of six. "I don't want to make a mistake."

More than 1,000 students, from both general and military schools, travelled to Moscow from 42 different regions for the ball, including the Sakha Republic in Russia's Arctic North and the Crimea annexed from Ukraine in 2014.

"The main thing is to do your best, to study well and to believe in yourself," said 13-year-old Andrei Amurskov.

Patriotic pride underpinned the evening. Lyudmila Vanina, one of the ball's organizers, says the event offers children an opportunity to meet and talk with war veterans and heroes of the Soviet Union.

Contrary to its image, the ball is not the preserve of the rich — many children come from poor family backgrounds or orphanages.

"There are lots of people from different family backgrounds, anyone can be a cadet and that's really shown here," said Leonid Dontsov, 16.

For a group of orphans from Krasnoyarsk in eastern Siberia and a cadet school from Yakutia in the Far North, the event offered students their first chance to visit the Russian capital.

Natalya Miroshkina, a teacher from Samara, noted the "huge diversity" of children from different schools, regions and backgrounds.

"For us, this was a unique opportunity to represent Samara at this wonderful event," she said. "We have to teach our children the importance of patriotism. They need to value their history, love their past and protect their future."

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