JUST UNDER 100 MILLION PEOPLE WATCH SUPER BOWL ON FOX
NEW YORK (AP) – The Super Bowl has put a halt to a four-year decline in viewership. The Nielsen company said that 99.9 million people watched the Kansas City Chiefs come from behind to beat the San Francisco 49ers in the Super Bowl. That’s a rebound from the 98.5 million people who watched the Super Bowl in 2019. The event is by far the most-watched television event of the year, but it had been slowly declining since hitting a peak of 114.4 million viewers in 2015. Fox says the game had 102 million viewers when people who watched its Spanish-language affiliate or streamed the game are added in. Fox also said that 23.7 million people watched the episode of “The Masked Singer” following the game, in what is the most-coveted time slot on television.
CROSS-EXAMINATION DRIVES KEY WEINSTEIN ACCUSER TO TEARS
NEW YORK (AP) – A key accuser in the New York City rape trial of Harvey Weinstein faced a vigorous cross-examination that drove her to tears. The drama prompted the judge to send the jury home about an hour earlier than usual Monday. While on the stand, the woman answered questions about why she maintained a relationship with Weinstein despite her allegations that the once-powerful movie mogul raped her. The testimony comes at a pivotal moment in the trial of Weinstein, who became one of the (hash)MeToo movement’s top targets. He is charged in New York with the 2013 rape, and also sexually assaulting a former “Project Runway” production assistant, in 2006. Weinstein has insisted that any sexual encounters were consensual.
8 FILMS FROM THE SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL YOU’LL WANT TO SEE
PARK CITY, Utah (AP) – When the 36th annual edition of the Sundance Film Festival wrapped Sunday after 11 days of snow and cinema, it had ushered in an avalanche of new voices. áThe festival, a wintery bastion of independent film held in the ski town of Park City, has worked harder than most similar events to showcase and develop fresh talent from a wide spectrum of backgrounds. And this year, especially, the results were enthrallingly diverse. áAmong the highlights of Sundance were the Korean-American family drama “Minari,” the politic-in-microcosm “Boys State” and the Andy Samberg comedy “Palm Springs.”
WRECKAGE OF SHIP TIED TO BERMUDA TRIANGLE FOUND OFF FLORIDA
ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. (AP) – Scientists have found the wreckage of a cargo steamship that became associated with the Bermuda Triangle when it disappeared in 1925 off the Atlantic Coast of Florida. The SS Cotopaxi was sailing from Charleston, South Carolina, to Havana when it disappeared along with its 32-person crew. But a team of underwater explorers and maritime archaeologists have identified the wreckage of the ship about 35 nautical miles off the coast of St. Augustine. Their findings will be featured in the premiere episode of a Science Channel series, “Shipwreck Secrets,” on Feb. 9 at 8 p.m. EST