AP is reporting that 78.6 million people tuned in to Election Night returns Tuesday across 14 broadcast and cable news networks. ABC News, with Charles Gibson leading a team that broadcast from New York’s Times Square, won bragging rights with 13.1 million prime-time viewers, according to Nielsen Media Research. That topped CNN’s 12.3 million and NBC’s 12 million. CNN essentially doubled its audience from the 2004 Election Night, reflecting how cable is increasingly the go-to choice for television news. NBC had 15.2 million viewers four years ago, when Tom Brokaw and the late Tim Russert led in the ratings.
*TMZ.com is reporting that a man has sued Barack Obama’s campaign office in California in L.A. County Superior Court on claims he was stiffed out of money for selling flyers. Fidel Rodriguez says he sold $10,000 worth of postcards, paper flyers and other advertising materials to Californians for Obama and Californians for Change, but has yet to be paid the $4,740 balance.
*A lawsuit has been filed in L.A. County Superior Court against Krump star Tommy the Clown, and the director of a documentary starring the dancer, alleging breach of contract and interference with existing contractual relations, reports TMZ.com. California corporation Krown Towers claims it contributed $30,000 to make the 2005 movie “Rize” — and in turn was promised 25% of its net revenue, which it never received. Krown’s suit targets Lions Gate Films, Thomas E. Johnson AKA “Tommy The Clown,” director David LaChapelle and other individuals responsible for the non-payment.
*Rihanna has been crowned the face of Gucci’s new campaign for The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). The pop superstar will front the Italian designer’s Tattoo Heart range of products, reports WENN. A quarter of all profits made from the line will be donated to the children’s charity. Gucci creative director Frida Giannini said Rihanna’s “strong personality” was a good fit for the cause, because “a musician and a beautiful woman was the perfect icon for this campaign.”