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Posts from October 2013
by Bob posted Oct 30 2013 4:07AM

Sunday's Fourth Game of the World Series Had Almost As Many Viewers As "Sunday Night Football"


"Sunday Night Football" doesn't usually have to share its audience with any other sporting events.  But this week's game lost 41% of its viewers to the fourth game of the "World Series".  The games aired at the same time and it was a pretty even split.



The Packers-Vikings match-up pulled in 16.9 million viewers . . . while 16 million baseball fans tuned in to watch Boston tie up the series.  The Red Sox have pulled ahead since then and now lead the series three games to two going into tonight's game.



Meanwhile, "The Blacklist" narrowly missed our Top 20 with 10.4 million viewers.  Even though it's considered the breakout hit of the new season . . . and pulling in more ad revenue than any new show . . . "The Millers" continues to beat it in the ratings.



In fact, "The Millers" has been THE highest rated new show ever since it debuted four weeks ago.  Here are last week's Top 20 shows:



1.  "NCIS", CBS, 19 million viewers.


2.  "The Big Bang Theory", CBS, 17 million viewers.


3.  "Sunday Night Football", NBC, 16.9 million viewers.  The Green Bay Packers beat the Minnesota Vikings, 41-31.


4.  Game 4 of the "World Series", Fox, 16 million viewers.  The Red Sox won, 4-2.


5.  "The OT", Fox, 15.2 million viewers.


6.  "NCIS: Los Angeles", CBS, 15 million viewers.


7.  Game 1 of the "World Series", Fox, 14.4 million viewers.  The Red Sox won, 8-1.


8.  Monday's episode of "The Voice", NBC, 13.7 million viewers.


9.  Game 2 of the "World Series", Fox, 13.4 million viewers.  The Cardinals won, 4-2.


10.  "Dancing with the Stars", ABC, 13.4 million viewers.


11.  "Monday Night Football", ESPN, 13.2 million viewers.  The New York Giants beat the Minneapolis Vikings, 23-7.


12.  "Person of Interest", CBS, 13.2 million viewers.


13.  Tuesday's episode of "The Voice", NBC, 13.1 million viewers.


14.  "The Walking Dead", AMC, 13 million viewers.


15.  Game 3 of the "World Series", Fox, 12.5 million viewers.  The Cardinals won, 5-4.


16.  "Criminal Minds", CBS, 11.6 million viewers.


17.  "Blue Bloods", CBS, 11.3 million viewers.


18.  "The Millers", CBS, 10.7 million viewers.


19.  "Castle", ABC, 10.6 million viewers.


20.  "CSI", CBS, 10.4 million viewers.



And here are some series premieres you might be interested in:


•  "Duck Dynasty" finished off its 4th season with 8.4 million viewers.


•  The zombie-filled 3rd season premiere of "Grimm" got 6.1 million viewers.


•  The series premiere of NBC's "Dracula" did well with 5.3 million viewers.  There's already talk that it will be renewed.


•  "Thursday Night Football" had 4.6 million viewers.  The Carolina Panthers beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 31-13.

(Here are your source links for the Top 25 shows on cable and broadcast.)

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by Bob posted Oct 30 2013 3:59AM
Considering we spend about a third of our lives sleeping, there are a lot of things most of us don't know about it.  Here's a list of 11 surprising facts about sleep, from



1.  The record for staying awake is 18 days, 21 hours, and 40 minutes.



2.  Parents of a new baby usually lose about 400 to 750 hours of sleep in the first year.



3.  After five nights of not getting enough sleep, three drinks can get you just as drunk as six drinks normally would.



4.  12% of people dream in black-and-white.  Before color TV, it was 75%.



5.  You get most sleepy from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM, and from 3:00 AM to 5:00 AM.  And you can achieve maximum alertness at 1:00 PM and 1:00 AM.



6.  A newborn baby sleeps between 10 and 19 hours per day.



7.  If you went without food and sleep, you'd die from SLEEP deprivation first.  Ten days without sleep can kill you . . . but it takes about two weeks to starve.



8.  Blind people can still see images in their dreams.



9.  Not getting enough sleep can make you gain weight.  When you're sleep deprived, you tend to feel hungrier, and it can make you overeat.



10.  Losing sleep can reduce your pain tolerance.



11.  Counting sheep doesn't work.

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by Bob posted Oct 30 2013 3:54AM
It's amazing there are STILL combinations of unhealthy foods that no one in this country has put together.  YOU'RE SLIPPING, AMERICA.  Here's the latest.



There's a restaurant in Philadelphia called PYT that's known for creating INSANE hamburgers.  Their latest one is a bacon cheeseburger that uses DEEP FRIED TWINKIES as the bun.



Earlier this year, PYT sold a sandwich that used deep fried, breaded lasagna as the bun.  We don't have nutritional information on that burger or this new one . . . just assume that after you eat it, you'll IMMEDIATELY need a check-up.



The burger sells for $12 and will be on the menu for a limited time.

by Bob posted Oct 28 2013 10:46AM
A listener sent in this photo with the following information. Kinda sad.

Did anyone see this during the 9-16-2013 halftime show during the Green Bay Packers game on ESPN?
      Those who attended the game said it was extremely emotional to see the entire bowl of the stadium turn red, white and blue. It took 90 workers two weeks to get all of the colored card boards mounted under each seat.  Each piece of card board had eye slits in them so the fans could hold up the colored sheet and still see through the eye slits.  Every seat had to have the proper card, with no mistakes, to make this happen.

      Lambeau Field
      This is what ESPN failed to show you Monday (9/16/13) night.

      Apparently, they thought their commercials were more important than showing this scene for about 5 seconds.

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by Bob posted Oct 28 2013 4:14AM
Men's Health has nine strange, but apparently TRUE random health tips for you . . .



1.  Make your initials spell out a positive word.  Weirdly, people who have initials that spell out stuff like J.O.Y. or W.O.W., live four and a half years longer than people with neutral initials. 



If your initials spell out A.S.S. or D.U.D. . . . then you could die three years sooner.



2.  Use the first stall.  Experts checked it out and the first stall in public restrooms has the lowest amount of bacteria.



3.  Break a fever with an ice pack near your arm or groin.  If you need to bring down a fever over 102 degrees FAST, then put an ice pack under your arm or near your groin.  It's uncomfortable, but it lowers your body's core temperature.



4.  Stop using antibacterial soap.  According to doctors, that stuff is helping germs get stronger.  Just wash your hands really well with regular soap.



5.  Straighten your spine in the car.  The right way to drive is with your shoulders back and your spine curved.  To get in this position, you're supposed to pretend that someone poured ice down your back.  Now stay that way.



6.  Use pepper and honey for wounds.  If you cut yourself, first clean the wound, then sprinkle pepper on it and apply pressure.  This will stop the bleeding.  And use honey as a disinfectant.  Studies show that it kills germs.



7.  Shave your mustache to cure allergies.  Or just wash it a lot.  One study showed that pollen and other irritants get stuck there.



8.  Get a dog.   All kinds of studies have proven that having a pet alleviates stress.



9.  Flush your problems down the toilet.  You're supposed to write your problems on little pieces of paper.  Then flush them away.  Supposedly, this feels GREAT.


by Bob posted Oct 28 2013 4:06AM
If you're looking for a good, scary movie that's at least somewhat family-friendly, there's a list online of 21 PG-Rated Movies That Are Actually Terrifying.  Can you think of any others?  Check it out . . .



1.  "Jaws",  1975.  This one would have probably been PG-13, if that rating had existed at the time.  But that rating wasn't created until July of 1984.



2.  "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory",  1971.  There are some pretty trippy scenes . . . plus the fact that Wonka doesn't seem to care if any of these kids live or die.



3.  "Poltergeist",  1982.  Another one that probably would have been PG-13.  One guy rips his face off and there's an evil clown doll among other things.



4.  "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom",  1984.  This one has sacrificial heart-ripping and monkey brain-eating.  The PG-13 rating was instituted not long after this one came out.



5.  "Ghostbusters",  1984.  There's the scary librarian ghost, not to mention Sigourney Weaver's possession.



6.  "Mommie Dearest",  1981.  Faye Dunaway is easily one of the worst, if not the most terrifying, movie moms of all time.



7.  "The Witches",  1990.  It's based on a Roald Dahl story, just like "Wonka".  That guy's children's books were pretty subversive.



8.  "Coraline",  2009.  It's about, quote, "a monster who lures children away in order to try and trick them into having buttons sewn on their eyes."



9.  "Return to Oz",  1985.  There's a headless witch, a scene where Dorothy is strapped down for electroshock treatment and more.



10.  "Beetlejuice",  1988.  Lots of creepy imagery . . . including Beetlejuice himself.



11.  "The Birds",  1963.  Children are menaced and people are pecked to death.



12.  "Little Monsters",  1989.  A monster's face melts off, and another monster rips a child's head off.



13.  "The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian",  2008.  There are some gnarly fight scenes, including one in which a guy is crushed by a gate.



14.  "Gremlins",  1984.  This one has a wicked sense of humor and plenty of violence.



15.  "The Wizard of Oz",  1939.  The flying monkeys . . . the Wicked Witch . . . the dark forest.  There's plenty to scare the crap out of kids.



16.  "The Nightmare Before Christmas",  1993.  The Oogie Boogie Man and the Doctor are pretty creepy characters.  Plus Sally keeps losing limbs and having to sew them back on.



17.  "The Neverending Story",  1984.  There's a scary wolf . . . and a scene with the hero's horse that will TRAUMATIZE your kids.



18.  "Anastasia",  1997.  Anastasia's family is massacred.  And of course there's also Rasputin and his evil magic.



19.  "Labyrinth",  1986.  David Bowie steals a baby and there are characters who rip their own bodies apart.



20.  "The Dark Crystal",  1982.  The evil Skeksis are lizard-like creatures who look like buzzards.



21.  "Hocus Pocus",  1993.  Witches sucking out the souls of little children.

by Bob posted Oct 21 2013 5:58AM
Well guys...we made it!. Arrived Saturday early afternoon and settled in. Travel day is always tiring but there were still some members of the group who stayed up for the entertainment. We were in our room around 7-8. The resort is one hour ahead of you guys so I'm writing this at 6:30am and it's already 7:30am there. Yesterday, Sunday, we had plans to go into Cabo to watch the Packer game but we ran into a 60 person wedding party of fellow Wisconsinites in the pool Sun morning and they said the resort promised them the game was going to be on in the resorts Sports Bar. We stayed here and sure enough....what a time that was. I haven't heard so much noise was a crazy time. Towards the end of the game some folks from the wedding party tossed some beer on the floor and dove and started sliding across the floor. Then some of our group joined in. Crazy. Those RIU employees in the bar didn't know what hit them. There was some other crazy stuff going on but I don't think I'll go into details. You'll have to ask our travelers when we get back to spill the beans. Gotta admit. Gonna start slow today. Almost went thru 2 full bottles of wine at lunch Sunday...I blame it on Gustavo, our waiter. Then the shots of tequila during the game. Great time but today will be relaxation and regroup time around the pool. Oh, ya. Woke up Sunday morning and watched a beautiful Baha sunrise with a couple members of the group. Food has been decent...I haven't had lobster yet.Employees at the RIU have been excellent. Will update more later...sorry, Bill Mitchell. Haven't got you a shot glass yet. Although I've had plenty in my hands......TUESDAY...Just read about Jermichael Finley before I logged on to do this update. Scary. Tonight we have our group dinner in the steak house overlooking the ocean. Tomorrow is the glass bottom boat cruise around the arch and the "wedding and divorce" beaches across from Cabo. We then go into Cabo for shopping and food.  Yesterday was a laid back day. Went walking about a mile down the beach...forgot we had to walk back. Hard to walk in the sand. Remind me to start a membership at a fitness club when I get back. Gail and I celebrated a late 35th anniversity dinner by going into Cabo. WOW...what a cool place at night. Bevy of activity. Bunch of restaurants, bars and shopping around the marina. Boats, yachts all over the place. Lots of $$$$$ in that marina. Today the big multi million dollar fishing tourney gets underway. One guy said it's ultra cool to be at the marina at 5pm to see the boats bringing their catch to be weighed. I have to emphasize how beautiful it is here. The view from the beach is awesome, with the rock formations out in the bay. Weather has been ideal. Cool (60?) late and early morning, then 80's during the day. I did hear rumblings of a possible storm around Friday. Possible ATV excursion scheduled for Thursday. Got Bill his shot glass last night. Also took in that lobster/shrimp dinner...Gail had a crazy good ribeye. Gotta go...         THURSDAY: Wow...we leave on Saturday. Yikes! I'd come back here in a heartbeat. As a matter of fact, we may just do that. It's so beautiful, so cool, such a well kept friendly place. Didn't post yesterday for a couple reasons. Gail logged onto her ipad first, which shuts out any other device wi-fi wise (the way it's set up here) in the room. I also had a bug mid Tuesday thru Wed morning. Cramps, feeling weak. Took it easy Tues night at our group dinner in steak house with one glass of wine, then hit the room right after.Felt better yesterday morning for our glass bottom boat tour around the infamous Cabo arch and the ensuing shopping time in Cabo. The water in the Sae of Cortez bay and the Pacific Ocean (this is where both join) is so blue. We learned this wasn't even a real town until the 1960's. Had my second lobster meal in Cabo yesterday. Two tails right at the marina area for $25. Delicious. I'm gonna try to fit in one more. Happy Endings bar was as advertised. Fun. Cool T-shirts. Cold beers-bottles-only $2. I think they make more on T-shirts than the beer. Neat quality WWI/WW2 retro shirts for $20 each. Oh, by the way, when we ate at the steak house here at resort for group dinner, all 50 plus 2 friends of our travelers who flew in from Arizona, also joined us. Steaks were superb. Menu said 6oz. ribeye. Had to be 14-16oz. You cannot actually go into the water in front of our beach because of the riptides. Wierd because 15 minutes down the beach it's furthur in the bay and it's fine. But the view from the infinity pool looking into the sea, again amazing. No one has had any negative comments about the rooms. Carol K and husband Dave, along with Lynn and Henry Thill have rooms next to each other at the entrance to one of the middle buildings and are the official "greeters" when people walk by. Perfect job. The "quiet pool" turned into a party pool Tuesday as some of our group partied with the big WI wedding party who were leaving on WED. Crazy stuff. Lotsa memories. Well, gotta go eat breakfast and follow that up with a cervaza.....FRIDAY: What the....???? It's already Fri????? Our last full day. One of these years we're gonna do a 10 dayer! Spent all day at infinity pool overlooking the beach/ocean yesterday until 4 when Gail and I cleaned up and went into town. Ran into Peggy Fischer and hubbie Steve who wanted to check out the fish being brought in for the big tournament here. Also ran into a couple other folks from our group including Dennis and Rosie Zimdars (Newburg), who were taking advantage of the atmosphere of Happy Endings bar in Cabo. No lobster dinner for me this time. Just some final gifts and a quick trip to casino (thought I won $600 but that's another story I'll pass on Monday morning during my show). Still impressed by how friendly everyone in Cabo has been. Our group has had a great time. Will be celebrating Cindy Stumphy and Carol the Cat Lady's b'days tonight. Then tomorrow morning we're off to the airport. Damn. Went by so fast....but they all do. Can't wait to tell more next week on the show. I'll bet Jesse has had enough of waking up so early to fill in for me. Wish we could bring back some of this PERFECT weather we,ve had in Cabo.........If we come back here next year ya gotta come along. Thanks to Peggy and the Shooting Star clan for helping pick this destination. Oh, by the way Scott Rammer. Yes, we will be bringing Mary back with us.
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by Bob posted Oct 18 2013 3:56AM
OK...the world is tip crazy. Do you disagree with any of these?

Surveys show that most Americans don't know WHO to tip or how MUCH.  Check out a list from Yahoo of eight types of workers who you should ALSO be tipping, and how much they should get . . .



1.  Your hair stylist's assistant.  It's standard to tip your stylist between 10 and 20 percent.  But if they have an assistant . . . someone who washes or blow dries your hair . . . then you should tip them five dollars.



2.  The DJ or band.  If you make a special request from a DJ, then you should tip them.  Suppopsedly five dollars a song.



3.  The hotel concierge.  You don't need to tip them if you ask a simple question.  But if you have them make your dinner reservations or get event tickets, expect to tip five dollars . . . or even more, depending on how complicated your request is.



4.  All hotel staff.  If the pool boy just hands you a towel, you don't have to tip.  But anything extra, like setting up your umbrella, deserves up to three dollars.



If anyone brings something to your room, like a toothbrush or extra pillows, tip them a couple bucks.  Valets expect one or two dollars . . . PER SUITCASE.And housekeeping usually gets one or two dollars a day, per person.



5.  Those "courtesy shuttle" drivers.  Yeah, it's a "courtesy" shuttle free of charge, but you're still supposed to tip. 



Also, if someone shuttles you through an airport in one of those little golf cart vehicles, or in a wheel chair, you owe them a tip too.  Between one and three dollars is fine.



6.  Gym staff.  You don't tip your personal trainer . . . instead, give them a gift during the holidays.



But if someone on staff helps you out with the machines or your workout, then you're supposed to write a thank-you note and enclose some cash.  The amount depends on how much they helped you, but $10 to $25 isn't too much.



7.   Non-medical staff in an assisted living facility.  Don't tip doctors, nurses or physical therapists.  But you should tip the people who do grandma's nails or provide any other services.  Typically, five dollars per deed will do.



8.  Tour guides.  Most tours are prepaid, but your tour guide is probably used to five dollars per person per day.  And don't forget the bus driver.  You should give him a couple of bucks per day too.


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by Bob posted Oct 17 2013 3:57AM
ABC recently did a list of five internet scams you need to know how to recognize.  They're almost always the same scams, but they keep changing how they look.  Check 'em out . . .



1.  Mobile apps you've never heard of.  Scammers have really gone after cell phones lately.  Some fake apps look like banking apps, to make you enter your account info.  Or it could be a fake dating app, and when you subscribe, your money disappears.



There's even a way to hack into legitimate apps and steal the info they collect about your location, along with your contact data.



2.  Remote access.  Some scammers pose as Microsoft employees and send emails that say your computer has a virus.  Then they give you a link to talk with a technician, and the "technician" steals your information and installs malware on your computer.



The best way to avoid this is NEVER to agree to a remote session unless YOU called the other person first.  And don't give out personal info to anyone you don't know, unless you called THEM for help.



3.  Authority scams.  A lot of times you'll get emails trying to alert you to some problem with your checking account, tax returns, or credit cards.  The scammers know that most people will just want to get it over with, so they can get a lot of easy info that way.



4.  Drug spam.  Deals on prescription drugs always get people's attention in the subject line of an email . . . because we all know we pay WAY too much for medicine here. 



The BEST that can happen is you buy a knockoff version of a real drug, and risk getting sick or having some terrible side effect.  But more likely you'll pay for something you never receive, or they'll steal your identity and ruin your financial history.



5.  Ransomware.  This is one of the worst and scariest kinds of scams.  If you click on the wrong link, you could suddenly find your screen filled with child pornography.  And right after that, a message comes up from some fake law enforcement agency.



They'll tell you they caught you with child porn, and you have to either pay a fine on the spot, or be prosecuted.  Believe it or not, there are lots of Americans who fall for it, because they don't know how the legal system actually works.


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by Bob posted Oct 16 2013 4:13AM

"The Walking Dead" Came in Fourth in the Ratings . . . Plus Ratings for Seven Other Season Premieres and Two New Shows


The fourth season premiere of "The Walking Dead" came in fourth place in the ratings, with its record-breaking 16.1 million viewers.



It's now the biggest cable series of all time and beaten every other show this fall in the coveted 18-49 year old demographic that advertisers love to chase.



Last week also saw the return of seven other shows, as well as the premieres of two new series, ABC's "Once Upon a Time in Wonderland" and the CW's "The Tomorrow People".  Here are the top 20 shows:



1.  "Sunday Night Football", NBC, 22.1 million viewers.  The Dallas Cowboys beat the Washington Redskins, 31-16.


2.  "NCIS", CBS, 18.3 million viewers.


3.  "The Big Bang Theory", CBS, 17.6 million viewers.


4.  The fourth season premiere of "The Walking Dead", AMC, 16.1 million viewers


5.  "NCIS: Los Angeles", CBS, 14.8 million viewers.


6.  Monday's episode of "The Voice", NBC, 14.6 million viewers.


7.  "The OT", Fox, 14.1 million viewers.


8.  "Dancing with the Stars", ABC, 13 million viewers.


9.  "Football Night in America", NBC, 11.8 million viewers.


10.  "The Millers", CBS, 11.7 million viewers.


11.  "Person of Interest", CBS, 11.7 million viewers.


12.  "Monday Night Football", ESPN, 11.4 million viewers.  The Atlanta Falcons beat the New York Jets, 30-28.


13.  "The Blacklist", NBC, 11.2 million viewers.


14.  "Criminal Minds", CBS, 11 million viewers.


15.  "Modern Family", ABC, 10.6 million viewers.


16.  "60 Minutes", CBS, 10.6 million viewers.


17.  "Blue Bloods", CBS, 10.6 million viewers.


18.  "Castle", ABC, 10.5 million viewers.


19.  Tuesday's episode of "The Voice", NBC, 10.2 million viewers.


20.  "The Crazy Ones", CBS, 9.7 million viewers.



As for the premieres of last week's two new series:



• The "Once Upon A Time in Wonderland" series premiere had 5.8 million viewers.  That may seem decent, but there's already talk about that it might be canceled soon.



• The series premiere of the CW's "The Tomorrow People" had 2.3 million viewers.  It stars a guy named Robbie Amell, who's the cousin of "Arrow" star Stephen Amell.



Here's how the other season premieres did in the ratings last week:


• The 3rd season premiere of "American Horror Story: Coven" debuted to a record 5.5 million viewers on FX.  That's up 44% from the previous season high.


• The 8th season premiere of "Pawn Star$" had 3.2 million viewers.

(Here are your source links for the Top 25 shows on cable and broadcast.)


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by Bob posted Oct 9 2013 3:53AM

The Broncos-Cowboys Game Beat "NCIS" and "Sunday Night Football"


Sunday's Broncos-Cowboys game took the top spot in the ratings.  It was seen by 28.3 million people, making it one of the most-watched games of the football season.  The next highest-rated show was "NCIS" with 20 million viewers.



Eight more new shows debuted last week, including the "Ironside" remake, the "Vampire Diaries" spin-off "The Originals", and Sean Hayes' sitcom "Sean Saves The World".  But Will Arnett's sitcom "The Millers" was the only one to make the Top 20.



(We've got the ratings for all eight of those new shows here.)



Here are the top 20 shows:



1.  "NFL Football: Denver vs. Dallas", CBS, 28.3 million viewers.  The Broncos beat the Cowboys, 51-48.


2.  "NCIS", CBS, 20 million viewers.


3.  "The Big Bang Theory", CBS, 18.2 million viewers.


4.  "60 Minutes", CBS, 17.9 million viewers.


5.  "Sunday Night Football", NBC, 17.7 million viewers.  The San Francisco 49ers crushed the Houston Texans, 34-3.


6.  "NCIS: Los Angeles", CBS, 15.1 million viewers.


7.  Tuesday's episode of "The Voice", NBC, 14.5 million viewers.


8.  Monday's episode of "The Voice", NBC, 14.1 million viewers.


9.  "Monday Night Football", ESPN, 13.7 million viewers.  The New Orleans Saints beat the Miami Dolphins, 38-17. 


10.  "Sunday Night NFL Pre-kick", NBC, 13.3 million viewers.


11.  "Dancing with the Stars", ABC, 13.1 million viewers.


12.  The series premiere of "The Millers", CBS, 13.1 million viewers.


13.  "Person of Interest", CBS, 12.3 million viewers.


14.  "The Crazy Ones", CBS, 11.7 million viewers.


15.  "Blue Bloods", CBS, 11.4 million viewers.


16.  "The Blacklist", NBC, 11.3 million viewers.


17.  "Modern Family", ABC, 11.1 million viewers.


18.  "Criminal Minds", CBS, 11.1 million viewers.


19.  "Castle", ABC, 10.9 million viewers.


20.  The 3rd season premiere of "Scandal",ABC, 10.5 million viewers.  That's a 71% jump from last year's premiere.



It's also worth noting that the "The Crazy Ones" and "The Blacklist" both held on to their spots in the Top 20.  The "The Blacklist" kept 97% of its premiere audience once DVR watchers were counted.



Here are some additional ratings you may or may not be interested in:


"Thursday Night Football" had 6.9 million viewers on the NFL Network.  The Cleveland Browns vs. the Buffalo Bills. The Browns won, 37-24.


"The Simpsons" 24th "Treehouse of Horror" special had 6.4 million viewers.


• The 5th season premiere of "The Vampire Diaries" had 2.6 million viewers. 


• The 1st season finale of the FX show "The Bridge" had 1.4 million viewers. 


• The 11th season premiere of Bravo's "Top Chef" had 1.3 million viewers. 


(Here are your source links for the Top 25 shows on cable and broadcast.)

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by Bob posted Oct 8 2013 10:45AM
"Packers Pride- Green Bay greats share their favorite memories" from Triumph Books is now out. Leroy Butler and Rob Reischl are co-authors. Reischel  includes some of these classic memories:
 Amazing plays such as Don Majkowski's touchdown pass against the Bears in
>>>> 1989 that became known as the "Instant Replay Game" and Brett Favre's
>>>> comeback in 1992 against the Bengals
>>>> Some of the most-watched Monday Night Football games ever and exciting,
>>>> long-standing rivalries against the Bears, Vikings and Cowboys
>>>> Heartwarming personal triumphs such as former player Gary Knafelc
>> becoming
>>>> the stadium's public address announcer after overcoming his stuttering
>>>> Interviews with and quotes from players, coaches and other staff members:
>>>> Aaron Rodgers, Bart Starr, Brett Favre, Sterling Sharpe, Donald Driver.
Catch the interview Wed Oct 9th at 9:30 on the Morning Show!
by Bob posted Oct 7 2013 10:32AM
Since its inception, Chicken Soup for the Soul’s books have touched hundreds of millions of readers and have been translated into more than 40 languages. The book series is sold in over 100 countries. As part of its 20th anniversary, Chicken Soup for the Soul celebrates the original book that started the phenomenon, and shares personal insights from people whose lives have changed forever after reading a “Chicken Soup for the Soul” book. In “Chicken Soup for the Soul: 20th Anniversary Edition” a new generation of readers can read everyone’s favorite original stories, plus “20 bonus stories for the next 20 years” from today’s top thought leaders. Bob will be talking with author Heidi Krupp Tuesday October 8th at 9:30. Listen and win a copy of the book!
by Bob posted Oct 3 2013 9:21AM
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by Bob posted Oct 3 2013 4:12AM
In a country where two out of every three adults are overweight, there's bound to be a lot of bad information floating around about how to stay healthy.  And a lot of it comes from OURSELVES. 



Here's a list of seven popular health lies we tell ourselves, from MSN Health.



1.  If I skip breakfast and lunch, I can eat as much as I want for dinner.  In fact, as we ALL should know by now, research shows that people who skip breakfast tend to weigh MORE than people who eat it. 



It's because they overcompensate.  They eat unhealthy snacks and then gorge themselves at dinner, because they think they've earned it. 



2.  I can drink coffee for energy instead of eating.  Coffee stimulates your brain.  It doesn't give you ANY energy, because it has no calories.  Real energy comes from healthy, high-protein foods.  Drinking coffee just makes you crash harder later on.



3.  I don't need a vacation . . . I thrive on work.  Studies show that people who take vacations are healthier in just about every way than people who let their vacation days pile up.  Less stress, less depression, and fewer sleep problems, just for starters.



4.  I don't need sunblock.  Even if you rarely go outside, you can still get skin cancer from UV rays.  Sunlight comes in through the windows, of course. 



But fluorescent lights can also cause problems.  They're a weaker version of the lights in a tanning bed.



5.  I get enough exercise from running around all day.  A recent study reported that the average American takes about 5,000 steps a day, which is only half the recommended number. 



You THINK you're running around . . . but it's mostly DRIVING.



6.  A drink or two before bed helps me sleep.  Alcohol might help you get to sleep FASTER.  But you won't sleep as DEEPLY, and you'll tend to wake up more . . . and feel more tired in the morning.



7.  I'm older, so I don't need to sleep as much.  In fact, our sleep needs stay the same throughout adulthood.  Older people may sleep less at night, but then they need to sleep more during the day to make up for it.



(MSN Healthy Living)

by Bob posted Oct 1 2013 4:23AM
Here are six diet tips that experts say you can IGNORE . . .



1.  Fat makes you fat.  There's actually GOOD fat that you need, and it keeps you slim.  It's in foods like nuts, salmon, and avocados.



2.  Eat as few calories as possible.  Cutting down on calories throws your body into "starvation mode".  Then your metabolism slows down.  Doctors say that if you cut out just 500 calories a day, and exercise, you'll drop one pound a week.



3.  Eat small, frequent meals to rev up your metabolism.  Actually, studies show that eating frequently might cause you to eat MORE.  And waiting hours between meals DOESN'T slow down your metabolism.



4.  Swear off "forbidden" foods.  You might think that when you're dieting you can never have pizza, French fries, or sweets.  But the key is to eat them in moderation, so you prevent binges, which are worse.



5.  Avoid fruits and nuts.  People think nuts are high in calories and fruits are full of sugar.  But studies found that people who eat nuts are smaller.  And obviously the sugar in fruit is the best kind . . . it's natural and unprocessed.



6.  Eat raw foods.  The idea is that you burn more calories EATING raw food then they contain.  But experts say it's a myth, and eating raw food can actually SLOW your metabolism . . .or even break down muscle, in some cases.


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