The Daily Scoop: 2-17-2015

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“Saturday Night Live” special snags large viewing audience

The numbers are in and they show that a massive audience tuned in for Sunday night’s “Saturday Night Live” 40th Anniversary special.

According to NBC, the star-studded spectacular averaged 23.1 million viewers. That makes the 3 ½ hour show the network’s most-watched entertainment program in more than ten years.

It was NBC’s biggest prime-time entertainment telecast – not counting post-Super Bowl shows – since a 2004 airing of “ER” and the finale of “Frazier.”

Lesley Gore dies at 68

Singer-songwriter Lesley Gore, who topped the charts in 1963 at the age of 16 with her song “It’s My Party” died Monday.

Gore was discovered by Quincy Jones as a teenager and signed to Mercury Records.
She followed up her song of teenage angst with “Judy’s Turn To Cry” and “You Don’t Own Me.”

She also played Catwoman’s sidekick in the cult TV comedy “Batman.”

Lesley Gore died of cancer at New York Presbyterian hospital. She was 68 years old.

Happy Mardi Gras!

It’s not only Tuesday, it is fat Tuesday, which marks the end of the carnival season in New Orleans.

They partied Monday night at “Lundi Gras,” which is the day before Fat Tuesday.

Rex, the King of Carnival, arrived issuing his royal proclamation for this year’s Mardi Gras celebration.

Thousands of people will join the reveling in the French Quarter.

The first of four Mardi Gras parades is scheduled to roll at 8:00 a.m.