Hemera/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) — AMC’s mid-season premiere of The Walking Dead scored the show’s largest audience ever on Sunday night. The zombie drama, which resumed its third season, delivered 12.3 million viewers for its 9:00 p.m. ET premiere. The previous record was 10.9 million viewers for the season-three premiere last October. Including encore presentations of the show later in the night, the episode drew a total of 16.6 million viewers.
GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images (LOS ANGELES) — The 55th Annual Grammy Awards delivered the music ceremony’s second-largest television audience since its 1993 broadcast. According to preliminary ratings from Nielsen, the CBS telecast notched 28.37 million viewers on Sunday night. Last year, just under 40 million tuned in for the 2012 Grammys ceremony, which featured a special tribute to Whitney Houston, who died the day before. Sunday’s telecast also set a new social TV record for an award show, with more than 18.7 million social media comments
ABC (NEW YORK) — ABC has announced that the new celebrity cast of Dancing with the Stars will be revealed live on Tuesday, Feb. 26, on Good Morning America . The stars for season 16, plus their professional partners, will be unveiled during ABC’s flagship morning show between 7:00 a.m.
Photodisc/Digital Vision/Thinkstock (LOS ANGELES) — The Grammy Awards may have scored 28 million viewers on Sunday night, but very few people noticed the moment when an intruder rushed the stage. The incident caused Jennifer Lopez to feel uncomfortable and/or annoyed. Vitalli Sediuk, a known prankster on Ukraine TV, stormed the main stage where Lopez was presenting Adele with the award for Best Pop Solo Performance. Dressed in a tuxedo and black glasses, Sediuk made his way to the microphone as the British singer was climbing the stairs
TMZ[dot]com (LOS ANGELES) — We’re not sure if the couple that smokes together, stays together, but in the case of Chris Brown and Rihanna, puffing and passing in public could spell trouble. That’s especially true for Breezy, who is on probation and was seen behind the wheel of a car shortly after he was spotted lighting up what looked like a joint, according to TMZ.com . Driving under the influence of marijuana is a crime in California, even if someone has a medical marijuana card. According to the website, club-goers spotted Chris and Rihanna partying at Hollywood’s Supperclub following Sunday night’s Grammy Awards show in Los Angeles. Both singers appear to be lighting up at the club, with one photo showing Chris taking a drag from what appears to be a hand-rolled cigarette, then blowing smoke into the air.
Frazer Harrison/Getty Images (LOS ANGELES) — Michael Lohan is set to publish a tell-all memoir. According to TMZ.com, the father of troubled actress Lindsay Lohan is likely to dish at least some of the dirt on her career and off-screen antics. Publisher Transmedia Group says the book will probably be called I Am Not Daddy Dearest … If I Can Turn It All Around, You Can Too , and will tell the story of how Michael Lohan became a “Bible-quoting minister, drug interventionist, and successful business man.” The author claims he was inspired to write his memoir the night “God pulled me from my wrecked car and mangled life before it exploded.” It is also believed that he wants to go up against another book currently in the works by Lindsay’s mom and his ex-wife, Dina.
GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images (LOS ANGELES) — The 55th Annual Grammy Awards were held in Los Angeles on Sunday night. Here’s what some of the winners had to say backstage: Gotye, along with Kimbra, who was featured on his hit “Somebody That I Used to Know,” stopped by to talk up his wins for Best Alternative Music Album for Making Mirrors and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for their aforementioned collaboration. Gotye explained he didn’t feel pressure to replicate the “surprise” success of “Somebody That I Used to Know,” saying, “I don’t think it would be a good idea to try and pin my hopes on repeating that commercial success…I’m probably more interested to do something that contrasts” with the hit. fun., who took home trophies for Song of the Year for “We Are Young,” as well as Best New Artist, made it rain, literally, during the telecast, for a performance of “Carry On.” Frontman Nate Ruess recalled, “I just remembered with the rain pouring, just thinking, ‘This is why I got into music.’” Pianist Andrew Dost explained the band never could have predicted being at the Grammy Awards. “For us to be here tonight and…take a couple home, is just a special, incredible feeling.” Carrie Underwood took home a pair of trophies, Best Country Song and Best Country Solo Performance, for “Blown Away.” During the broadcast, Underwood’s dress came alive, thanks to projections beamed deliberately onto it.
Madonna/Instagram (NEW YORK) — Madonna still doesn’t have her own regularly-updated Twitter feed, but she’s joined Instagram, the online photo-sharing service. And in true Madonna fashion, she made her debut in quite a provocative manner. To get things started, Madonna posted a picture of herself sipping a martini, along with the caption, “Cheers motherf***ers! I’m on Instagram!” She followed that up with a close-up of her sweaty cleavage, along with the caption “Addicted to Sweat!!” “Addicted to Sweat” happens to be the name of one of the exercise regimens at Madonna’s Hard Candy chain of fitness clubs, the most recent of which is opening in Rome.
Fred Duval/FilmMagic (LONDON) — From the Golden Globes to the Screen Actors Guild awards, Anne Hathaway has been making a lot of acceptance speeches this awards season. But fans had mixed reactions to her speech for Best Supporting Actress at Sunday night’s BAFTA awards in London. Hathaway’s speech began as she ran onto the stage to accept the award from presenter George Clooney. The actress, dressed in a studded Burberry gown, grabbed the award from Clooney and started to walk toward the microphone before racing back to give him a hug. “I almost passed George Clooney without hugging him…that’s just stupid,” she said.
Jason Merritt/Getty Images (LOS ANGELES) — Going into the Grammy Awards, six different artists had six nominations each. But when the show finally wrapped up on Sunday night, the Grammys still didn’t know which artist it liked best, as several different acts ended up picking up multiple awards. The big winner, technically, was Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys. In addition to winning three Grammys as a member of the alternative rock duo, he won an additional trophy for Producer of the Year, bringing his total to four