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Despite TV ratings drop, NBC says the Rio Games was still a financial success

An unexpected drop in the TV ratings for the Rio Games won’t keep the event from being the financial success that NBC predicted.

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Sorry, Ryan Lochte and Nate Parker. The talk show apology tour has collapsed

The day after it was revealed that he and three teammates had not been randomly robbed at gunpoint during the Olympic Games in Rio, swimmer and gold medalist Ryan Lochte offered the world an apology via Instagram.

It was quickly derided by many, in media mainstream and social, as shallow, boilerplate and/or literally the least he could do. Within days, Lochte lost at least four major sponsors.

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Wednesday's TV Highlights: 'Tyrant' on FX

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Toddlers & Tiaras Two rival coaches – Cambrie of Cambrie’s Court and Jaimie of the Sassy Supremes – prepare to go head to head on the children’s pageant circuit as the unscripted series returns with a preview episode and the season premiere. 8 and 9 p.m.

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Actor Steven Hill, the original D.A. on 'Law & Order,' dies at 94

Steven Hill, a versatile character actor in theater, films and television who achieved his greatest success late in life as grumpy Dist. Atty. Adam Schiff on TV's long-running “Law & Order,” died Tuesday. He was 94.

He died at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, said his wife, Rachel. The cause of death was not immediately available, but his wife said he suffered from several ailments.

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Andrea Tantaros calls Fox News a 'sex-fueled Playboy Mansion-like cult' in lawsuit

Legal problems for Roger Ailes and Fox News mounted this week as another female employee has gone to court over sexual harassment claims.

In a 37-page lawsuit, cable news host Andrea Tantaros alleges that she was removed from her on-air role in retaliation for making a sexual harassment complaint against Ailes, her former boss, and that Fox News executives covered up his actions.

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Rio Games score smallest TV audience since 2004 as streaming hits record high

Video streaming every competitive event at the Olympics may have been too much of a good thing for NBC.

The prime-time TV audience over 17 nights for the Rio Games averaged 25.4 million viewers, the lowest since the 2004 Games in Athens, which averaged 24.9 million viewers. Nielsen data showed an 18% decline from the 31.1 million who watched the  2012 Games in London.

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