"The Walking Dead's" season-four premiere shattered the series' ratings record on Sunday night, attracting 16.1 million viewers, which is the highest-rated episode in the AMC hit's history, E! News reports. Of those 16.1 million, 10.4 million viewers were adults 18-49, aka the all-important demo, giving it an impressive 8.3 rating. "The Walking Dead's" monster premiere numbers confirm that it's still TV's top show in the 18-49 demo.
The series' previous record? The season three finale brought in 12.4 million viewers. With time-shifted playback, AMC says the premiere will probably exceed 20 million viewers.
Also worth noting: The series finale of "Breaking Bad" drew 10.3 million.
"Sincere thanks to the fans, who have welcomed 'The Walking Dead' back for its fourth season with the highest-rated episode in the show's history," AMC president Charlie Collier said in a statement. "We could not be more proud of this show and everyone on both sides of the camera who work so hard to give life to this story of character, leadership and survival. It starts with series creator, writer and executive producer Robert Kirkman, show runner and executive producer Scott Gimple and the director of [Sunday] night's episode (and the man behind the makeup) executive producer [and Pittsburgh native] Greg Nicotero, their fellow executive producers and an extraordinary cast and crew who are giving their all every day. So clearly, thanks to them, the dead have never been more alive."
The third season premiere of "Talking Dead," a live talk show about the "Dead," notched its most-viewed premiere in series history, bringing in 5.1 million viewers.
There's no shortage of risque bondage in "Fifty Shades of Grey" but there seems to be one person producers had trouble tying down: their leading man, People reports.
Charlie Hunnam, who had been cast as Christian Grey in the high-profile movie adaptation of the steamy literary saga, has exited the project.
"The filmmakers of 'Fifty Shades of Grey' and Charlie Hunnam have agreed to find another male lead given Hunnam's immersive TV schedule, which is not allowing him time to adequately prepare for the role of Christian Grey," Universal Pictures and Focus Features said Saturday in a joint statement.
Shortly after the news broke, "Fifty Shades of Grey" author E. L. James took to Twitter to offer up a sweet send-off to the film's erstwhile star.
"I wish Charlie all the best," the scribe wrote.
In early September, producers announced that Hunnam, who is best known for his portrayal of Jackson "Jax" Teller on "Sons of Anarchy," won the coveted role of Grey after a whirlwind casting search.
Names bandied about for the role included Matt Bomer and Ian Somerhalder.
No word yet on whether Hunnam's exit will impact the film's production schedule -- it was reportedly set to begin shooting in November and hit theaters Aug. 1.
Mark your calendars and set your DVRs! "The Bachelor's" Sean Lowe and Catherine Giudici have set a wedding date, the couple announced Monday, on ABC's "Good Morning America." For the first time in the show's history, the wedding will take place live on Jan. 26, E! News reports.
"Hopefully everything goes smoothly," said Lowe, a 29-year-old entrepreneur from Dallas.
" 'The Bachelor' is such a cool experience because people at home feel like they know us and they're invested in our relationship," he added. "We have no problem sharing the actual wedding with everyone who has been with us so far."
Lowe -- a born-again virgin who later competed on "Dancing With the Stars" -- popped the question in Thailand. His proposal was taped for the March 11 season 17 finale.
Giudici said they want a traditional ceremony and an over-the-top reception. "I just want it to be fun and show our love. Other than that, I know that it's going to be a beautiful wedding," she said. "We want some traditional type of ceremony that just kind of unifies us and then have a big party afterward."
The 27-year-old graphic designer from Seattle added that former "Bachelor" competitor Lesley Murphy will be among her 12 bridesmaids. Several others will be added to the guest list.
Currently living separately, Lowe and Giudici are house-hunting in the Dallas area and look forward to moving in together after the wedding.
Banksy, the British graffiti artist causing a sensation in New York City, says he sold a few of his artworks over the weekend for up to $60 apiece, far below the thousands they typically fetch, the AP reports.
Banksy wrote on his website that he had set up a stall in Central Park on Saturday with original signed works. But the secretive artist warned Sunday: "That stall will not be there again today."
The website features a photo and video of the pop-up stall with a sign that read: "Spray Art. $60." Eight people over the course of the day are seen buying the works and getting a hug, a peck on the cheek or a handshake after a purchase from an elderly man working the stall. It is not clear who the man is. Banksy refuses to give his real name.
The total take for the day was $420, according to the website.
It said one man from Chicago bought four works because he was decorating his new home and needed something for the walls.
One woman bought two small canvases for her children but only after negotiating a 50 percent discount, the website said.
Banksy's work has been turning up on the city's streets and all over social media in recent weeks.
Thai authorities have arrested a bar owner in connection with a lewd sex show mentioned in racy tweets by pop star Rihanna during her recent trip to Thailand, officials said Monday, two weeks after an Instagram photo of Rihanna with a protected primate led to the arrest of other two men, The Associated Press reports.
Officials on the island of Phuket, 680 kilometers (420 miles) south of Bangkok, said Monday the bar owner faced charges of obscenity and operating an entertainment venue without a permit.
Local district chief Weera Kerdsirimongkon said the man was arrested Saturday as part of a crackdown on shows featuring naked dancers.
"Authorities found out about this bar the morning after Rihanna tweeted about it, but we were not able to catch them violating the law until Saturday night," Weera said. "We had been waiting for them and finally caught them red-handed."
Weera said the bar owner could face up to one month imprisonment and a fine of up to 60,000 baht ($1,900)
This isn't the first arrest originated by Rihanna's postings on social media. A photo of her with a slow loris, a squirrel-like animal with big eyes, on Instagram led local police to arrest a 20-year-old man and a 16-year-old boy, who could face charges of possession of protected animals. The charge carries a penalty of up to four years in prison and a 40,000 baht ($1,300) fine.
After months of wrangling adoption details, worrying and waiting, there comes long-awaited happy news -- baby Zoey is finally with her new family, People reports.
Dr. Jennifer Arnold, 39, and husband Bill Klein, 38, of TLC's "The Little Couple," were thrilled on Monday when their 2-year-old daughter Zoey joined them in India.
"We are thrilled to announce that we've picked up our beautiful daughter, Zoey, from India today," the couple told People in an exclusive statement. "Our hearts have grown in the past six months as new parents to William, and we are excited and overjoyed to welcome Zoey to our family and watch Will becoming a loving big brother."
After years of struggling with fertility issues, the couple rejoiced when their son Will came home from an orphanage in China. Zoey's adoption was an up-and-down process for the new family, as months went by and they weren't sure whether the adoption would go through.
The new family will travel back home to Houston in the next few weeks and the couple is looking forward to their two children getting to know one another and the family bonding. Zoey has a form of dwarfism like her new family members.
More of their journey to parenthood (again) can been seen in the season finale of their show, airing tonight at 10.
One of the original members of "The Real Housewives of New Jersey" has announced she's leaving the show after five seasons, the AP reports.
Caroline Manzo made the announcement Sunday on Twitter and on her blog on Bravo's website after "The Real Housewives of New Jersey" aired the final part of the show's reunion.
She says the reality show -- known for its brawls, screaming and family fights -- has become something she hopes her future grandchildren will never see.
Manzo wrote that she's filming a pilot spinoff, "Manzo'd With Children" that would give "a very different look" at her family.
An email to Bravo seeking comment wasn't immediately returned Monday.
First Published October 14, 2013 8:00 PM