It turns out that 51 conventionally beautiful women were no match for a rerun of “Full House.”
The Miss USA pageant, which was dropped by NBC and Univision after co-owner Donald Trump likened Mexican immigrants to rapists and drug-dealers, was a ratings disaster. Only 925,000 viewers saw Olivia Jordan of Oklahoma crowned Miss USA on Sunday.
That’s down from 5.4 million viewers last year, according to the New York Daily News, although a pageant insider told the Daily News that organizers were happy the show aired at all on the obscure Reelz channel.
An old episode of “Full House” that aired at the same time pulled in 927,000 viewers. Of course, a decades-old sitcom packed more star power than the beauty broadcast. The pageant scraped together new hosts (game-show host Todd Newton and former Miss Wisconsin Alex Wehrley) after original hosts Cheryl Burke and Thomas Roberts quit following Trump’s comments, along with musical performers Flo Rida and J Balvin.
MEXICAN SINGER MOURNED
Latin stars continue to pay tribute to Mexican singer Joan Sebastian, who died at age 64 on Monday after a long battle with cancer.
“May this great man, singer and songwriter rest in peace,” said singer Prince Royce’s tweet, translated from the original Spanish. Grammy winner Sebastian performed at San Jose’s SAP Center last November, singing from the back of a horse in the traditional jaripeo style.
On Tuesday, Mexican superstar Vicente Fernandez, the king of ranchera-style music, tweeted out a picture of the two men singing on horseback, with the caption, “It seems like only yesterday.”
“Bob’s Burgers” voice actor Eugene Mirman took out a full-page ad in a New Hampshire newspaper this week to bitterly protest his $15 parking ticket for backing into a parking spot in Portsmouth. … “End of the Tour” star Jesse Eisenberg called his experience at the San Diego Comic-Con “terrifying” and likened it to being in a “genocide.” The hordes of excited fans “were one torch away from burning me,” he told The AP. … One Direction singer Louis Tomlinson, 23, is expecting a baby with a “very, very close friend,” according to People magazine.
Former Giants catcher Kirt Manwaring is 50. … Actress Brigitte Nielsen (“Cobra”) is 52. … Actor Forest Whitaker (“Last King of Scotland”) is 54. … Actor Terry O’Quinn (“Lost”) is 63. … Publisher Arianna Huffington, co-founder of The Huffington Post, is 65. … Singer Linda Ronstadt is 69.