Saturday, December 3, 2011

NEWS ROUNDUP: Households With TV Sets Declines, Child Brides, Mark Salling Injures Pelvis, Gloria Estefan

Nielsen report: TV ownership declines
Every year, the estimated number of U.S. households owning TV sets goes up. Until now.

According to Nielsen’s annual “Television Audience” report that was released this week, the number of households with a TV set will decline. The rising trend of TV ownership has been leveling off in recent years, and now the number has dropped from 115.9 million homes in 2011 to an estimated 114.7 million in 2012. That’s a 1 percent decline despite the number of households rising.

VH1 has two new Courtney Stodden (age 17) videos, is her reality show imminent?
She is married to 51 year-old former GUIDING LIGHT actor Doug Hutchinson.

Popular Turkish soap opera tackles issue of child brides
Women's-rights activists hope the drama, LIFE GOES ON, can help the fight against the widespread tradition of marrying off girls way under the legal minimum of 17.

FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS' Zach Gilford Is Engaged!
The 29-year-old actor recently popped the question to his girlfriend, actress Kiele Sanchez

FOX Midseason Schedule Released
ALACATRAZ premieres Monday, Jan. 16 at 8 p.m. ET.

Gloria Estefan to GLEE?
Estefan is currently in negotiations to play [SPOILER ALERT!!!]… Santana’s mother!

GLEE's Mark Salling Fractures Pelvis
Salling fractured his pelvis while playing basketball last weekend. The star tweeted Wednesday morning, "so apparently ive fractured my pelvis. one of the pitfalls of being a basketball weekend warrior. and guess what i can do about it? NOTHING!"

Kris Polaha Discusses RINGER's 'Shocking' Exit, Says Show 'Hits the Ground Running' After Break
We didn’t know how Gemma was going to make an exit from the show, but we did know that she would be leaving at some point. All of us on set — including Tara — didn’t know if [the writers] would leave [the story] open-ended so that she could come back… So, when they shot her in the face it was pretty shocking. [Laughs]

DOWNTOWN ABBEY Season 2: Glorious, Soapy, or Gloriously Soapy
This week, PBS posted a trailer for the second season on YouTube, which is below.


  1. Just noting that that change reported by Nielsen has already been reflected in their ratings reports for a few months now.

    When Soap Opera Digest reported the Household numbers for the six daytime soaps for the week of September 5, 2011, they noted that each rating point now represents 1,147,000 homes. Previous reports had the multiplying factor at 1,159,000 homes.

  2. Oh I'm so excited I love Downtown Abbey and yes is a soap, just set in different time period. It has every element of good soap opera, with amazing cast, excellent production values and sharp dialogue...what could a soap lover want anymore then a good story based around love, sex, deceit and war. This soap lover been hooked since last year.