American Music Awards Ratings Down; One Direction Among Barbara Walters’ Most Fascinating People

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The American Music Awards hit an all-time low in the ratings Sunday night with a 21 percent drop from last year and only 9.5 million viewers. As per usual, NBC’s Sunday Night Football helped the peacock network win the night with 15.8 million viewers. NFL overrun contributed to approximate numbers for CBS, but gave the network second place. [The Wrap]

Barbara Walters has chosen her most fascinating people of 2012 for her annual news special. This year, the veteran journalist will be talking with 50 Shades of Grey writer EL James, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, Olympian Gabby Douglas, Academy Award winner Ben Affleck, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, boy band One Direction and 2013 Oscars host Seth MacFarlane. The 90-minute special will air Wednesday Dec. 12 at 9:30 PM on ABC. [ABC]

Bryan Fuller is surrounding himself with old pals on his midseason NBC show, Hannibal. Raul Esparza, who played Alfredo Aldarisio on Fuller’s Pushing Daises, has been cast as Dr. Chilton on Hannibal. The show, which is based on Thomas HarrisRed Dragon, focuses on the relationship between FBI agent Will Graham (Hugh Dancy) and Dr. Hannibal Lecter (Mads Mikkelsen). Esparaza will appear on at least two episodes. [TVLine]

Season 3 of HBO’s Game of Thrones doesn’t premiere until March 31, 2013l, but fans will get a whole month to pour over the Season 2 DVD’s extras when the box set hits stores on Feb. 19, 2013 for DVD, Blu-Ray and digital download. Extras include a “Creating the Battle of Blackwater Bay” featurette and character profiles among other videos. The first season’s DVD is currently the top-selling TV home video release this year. [EW]

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