Spoiler alert! Don't read what follows if you haven't seen Sunday's "Homeland."
"Homeland's" season three finale broke ratings records for the series and Showtime on Sunday, E! News reports.
The episode attracted 2.4 million viewers at 9 p.m. and 2.9 million total viewers for the night, making it "Homeland's" highest-rated episode ever. That's a 27 percent increase from the season three premiere, according to Showtime.
Plus, "Homeland's" third season averaged 7 million weekly viewers to-date, making it the series' highest-rated season ever and Showtime's only original series to pass the 7 million mark. Talk about impressive stats.
But the finale didn't just dominate the ratings, as it also had the Internet buzzin' after the death of Brody, the show's male lead. (Damian Lewis has won an Emmy and a Golden Globe for his work on the series. Although the show has dominated awards shows in the past, "Homeland" was shut out of the 2014 Golden Globes nominations. )
After being deemed an enemy of the state, Brody was sentenced to death by the IRG, which resulted in his public hanging as a horrified and helpless Carrie watched.
"Homeland's" stellar ratings also helped to boost freshman drama "Masters of Sex's" finale numbers.
The series, which was nominated for a Golden Globe, finished its first season with 1.2 million viewers at 10 p.m. (and 1.5 million total viewers for the night), up 21 percent from its season premiere.
Beyonce's surprise album has sold surprisingly well: Her fifth solo effort sold more than 600,000 units in its first three days, setting a record for first-week domestic digital sales, The Associated Press reports.
Beyonce's self-titled album was released early Friday morning exclusively on iTunes unbeknownst to the public. Apple said Monday that the album sold 617,213 in its U.S. iTunes Store. It sold 828,773 internationally.
"You have to be innovative. The Internet has changed the game. You've got to look at how to address the fact that most artists' albums leak before their release plans," said Lee Ann Callahan-Longo, general manager of Beyonce's production company, Parkwood Entertainment, who released the album alongside Columbia Records.
Beyonce surprised fans with the release of the album, which features 14 songs and 17 videos, and social media websites exploded with mentions of the singer and her new music. In three hours, it sold 80,000 units.
"Beyonce" features collaborations with Jay Z, Drake, Frank Ocean and Justin Timberlake, who co-wrote two songs. The album is being sold by iTunes exclusively for a week at $15.99. It will be sold in retailers and others websites laster this week.
City of Asylum/Pittsburgh is slated to receive a $20,000 National Endowment for the Arts Art Works grant, the nonprofit organization reported Monday.
City of Asylum, one of 895 nonprofit organizations nationwide to receive grants, will use the money to support its annual Jazz-Poetry Concert, which brings together musicians and poets from all over the world in a free one-night-only collaborative performance.
"This generous support from the National Endowment for the Arts for the Jazz-Poetry Concert helps us to keep this very special event free and accessible to all," said Henry Reese, co-founder and president of City of Asylum. "The concert in September 2014 will help us kick off our 10th anniversary year and will bring together some of the artists and poets from past concerts. There will also -- as always -- be some surprise guests."
Jazz saxophonist and composer Oliver Lake serves as music director for the event. Past participants have included Nobel laureate Wole Soyinka, poets Yusef Komunyakaa, Toi Derricotte and Joy Harjo, City of Asylum's resident exiled writers Huang Xiang, Horacio Castellanos-Moya, Khet Mar, Israel Centeno and Yaghoub Yadali, plus special guests such as the Flying Wallendas.
Art Works grants support the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence: public engagement with diverse and excellent art, lifelong learning in the arts and enhancing the livability of communities through the arts. The NEA received 1,528 eligible Art Works applications, requesting more than $75 million in funding. Of those applications, 895 are recommended for grants for a total of $ 23.4 million.
"Survivor: Blood vs. Water" pitted returning players against their loved ones in a gut-wrenching series of blindsides and big moves. Sunday night, the show crowned this season's winner.
Former pro-cyclist Tyson Apostol, 34, took home the big prize, People reports.
Apostol faced off in the show's final tribal council against season one vet Gervase Peterson and season 25 contestant Monica Culpepper. The final tribal council got emotional, as Apostol and Culpepper broke down in tears talking about their loved ones who had left the game.
The show's family twist injected a new emotional heft into the reality TV stalwart, as brother fought brother and daughter betrayed mother. The season resonated so much with fans that "Survivor" host Jeff Probst has already vowed to try to bring the twist back.
The next season of "Survivor" premieres in February. As revealed Sunday, it will feature three tribes -- one of brains, one of brawn and one of beauty.
Miley Cyrus has learned a lot since ending her engagement to Liam Hemsworth, People reports.
"I don't think I realized what 19 truly is, and I got engaged at 19, and I definitely wouldn't change being engaged. It was so fun wearing a fat rock for a few years," the singer, 21, tells Barbara Walters in "Barbara Walters Presents: The 10 Most Fascinating People of 2013." "But now, I just feel like I can actually be happy."
Although Cyrus' transformation from her Disney days has been controversial, the pop star says her newfound ability to be more independent is the biggest change she has gone through this year.
"I was so scared of ever being alone, and, I think, conquering that fear, this year, was actually bigger than any other transition that I had, this entire year," she says. "I don't ever want to have to need someone again, where you feel like, without them, you can't be yourself."
A British High Court judge has ordered paparazzi to stay away from One Direction member Harry Styles, the AP reports.
The order from Justice Nicola Davies bars several photographers from pursuing the singer by car or motorcycle, placing him under surveillance and loitering or waiting within 50 meters of his home.
Styles' lawyer, David Sherborne, said the singer had gone to court after failing to persuade the photographers to stop their behavior voluntarily.
Sherborne said the 19-year-old Styles -- one-fifth of the world's biggest boy band -- "is not trying to prevent fans approaching him in the street and taking photos. He remains happy to do that, as he always has."
The court order was originally granted last week. On Monday the judge continued it until another hearing on Jan.13.