Saturday September 8, 2012

NEW YORK -- The second night of the Democratic National Convention beat the Republicans in television ratings and, perhaps more impressively, beat pro football.

An estimated 25.1 million people watched the convention between 10 p.m. and 11 p.m. on Wednesday, when former President Bill Clinton delivered an impassioned nomination speech for President Barack Obama, the Nielsen ratings company said.

During that hour, just over 20 million people were watching the second half of the Dallas Cowboys’ season-opening victory over the New York Giants. Faced with competition from Clinton, ratings for football’s first game were down from the past two years.

The second night of the GOP convention in Tampa, Fla., last week, featuring vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan, was seen by 21.9 million people, Nielsen said Thursday.

Democratic convention ratings held up well compared to 2008, when interest was particularly high. The Democrats had a four-day convention then, with 25.9 million viewers on the second day and 24 million on the third. None of those nights faced competition from pro football.

The entire football game was seen by an average of 23.9 million people on NBC, Nielsen said. Last year’s opening game was seen by 27.1 million, and 2010’s game had a record 27.5 million. The opening game generally features the Super Bowl champion from the year before.

Competition among the TV networks televising the Democratic convention in Charlotte, N.


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C., on Wednesday was about as tight as polls show the presidential race between Obama and Republican Mitt Romney.

ABC had the biggest audience, with 4.59 million viewers. CBS had 4.41 million, MSNBC had 4.39 million, CNN had 4.13 million, PBS had 4.1 million and Fox News Channel had 3.1 million, Nielsen said.

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NEW YORK -- Kristin Chenoweth says she’s still on the mend after suffering injuries in July while filming the CBS legal drama "The Good Wife."

Appearing on "Live! with Kelly & Michael" on Friday, the pixyish actress offered details of the accident, which happened during a New York location shoot.

An overhead lighting rig collapsed, she said, striking her in the face, slamming her to the ground and knocking her out.

When she woke up, co-star Josh Charles was holding her hand.

Said Chenoweth: "He’s my angel."

Chenoweth, 44, said she continues to recover from a skull fracture and rib, neck and back injuries. But she called herself "blessed" the mishap wasn’t worse.

Although forced to withdraw from her recurring role on "The Good Wife," she’ll appear on its Sept. 30 season premiere.

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NEW YORK -- Amy Poehler and Will Arnett are splitting up.

Publicist Lewis Kay says the couple is separating after nine years of marriage. The breakup was first reported by Us Weekly.

Poehler and Arnett have two sons, 3-year-old Archie and 2-year-old Abel.

Their personal lives may be in turmoil, but professionally, both are on an upswing.

The 40-year-old Poehler became famous as a cast member on "Saturday Night Live." She now stars in the NBC sitcom "Parks and Recreation" and is up for an Emmy for lead actress in a comedy series.

Arnett’s breakout role was on Fox’s "Arrested Development." The 42-year-old Arnett now co-stars with Christina Applegate on the NBC comedy "Up All Night."