The Houston Astros bounced back Wednesday night to even their score with one win a piece against the Atlanta Braves during Game 2 of the 2021 World Series. Just as the scores evened out between the two vying teams, the Game 2 broadcast itself evened out with the corresponding game of the 2020 World Series (1.8, 7.22M) by earning a 1.8 rating in the 18-49 demo and 8.69 million viewers, in fast nationals. Numbers are set to rise, as is the case with most major sports and live events, pending adjustment.
While last night’s game matched that of 2020, it’s worth noting that the sophomore match was down from Tuesday’s opener (2.3, 10.10M) by five tenths in demo rating and approximately 14% in viewership. Despite the slip, the Game 2 of the 2021 World Series topped Wednesday primetime on all fronts.
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In the non-sports world of Wednesday primetime, CBS exited its two-day repeats rut with new episodes of Survivor, Tough as Nails as CSI: Vegas. Survivor (0.8, 5.00M) topped the demo among the rest of the non-sport shows. The competition program was down from the previous week. Tough as Nails and CSI: Vegas remained steady in demo rating.
Taking home the most viewers among the non-sports titles was NBC’s Chicago Fire (0.7, 6.61M) , which took a small tumble in demo rating and viewership from last week’s installment. The second of the Chicago trio provided a generous lead-in for Chicago P.D., which topped the topped the 10 p.m. hour with a 0.7 demo rating and 5.51 million viewers – up from last week.
The Conners was ABC’s highest rated and most-watched program on Wednesday evening. The Wonder Years and Home Economics, which both recently snagged full-season orders at ABC, were both steady in rating but saw slight bumps in viewers.
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The new law in Texas was enacted during a special legislative session called by Abbott, who is running for re-election next year and faces serious primary challenges from fellow Republicans for the first time in his quarter-century career in public office.
Supporters of the new law say that it promotes fairness because, without such legislation, women’s sports could be dominated by transgender athletes who have benefited from the gains in strength typically conferred by male hormones produced during puberty.
“House Bill 25 is one of the greatest victories for equality for girls since Title IX passed 50 years ago!” the primary sponsor, Valoree Swanson, a state representative from a district north of Houston, said in a statement. “I am overjoyed that Governor Abbott has signed my bill into law!”
To critics, however, these laws seem to be designed primarily to appease certain voters, and to overstate the threat to girls’ sports.
While there is minimal scientific research on transgender athletes, there are also relatively few people who would be directly affected by laws like H.B. 25. Joanna Harper, a researcher based at Loughborough University in Britain who studies the effects of hormone therapy on transgender athletes, told The New York Times last year that out of 200,000 women in college sports at a given time, about 50 are transgender.
Critics of the bans say they can have a substantial effect on the well-being of the few young people targeted by such legislation, as well as their families.
“Trans kids and adults in Texas — and everywhere — deserve love and support, peace of mind, health care, happiness, to be carefree and focus on living out their greatest potential,” said Ricardo Martinez, chief executive officer of Equality Texas, the state’s largest L.G.B.T.Q. organization. “They deserve not to be debated but affirmed and the right to exist without their government trying to push them out of everyday life.”
J. David Goodman contributed reporting.
Angelina Jolie's kids are continuing their Eternals press tour with their mother. During their latest stop to the U.K., Shiloh borrowed a special piece from her famous mom’s closet.
On Wednesday, the 46-year-old actress stepped onto the red carpet alongside five of her children: Maddox, Zahara, Shiloh and 13-year-old twins Vivienne and Knox.
For the occasion, Jolie looked stunning in a custom Valentino Haute Couture ensemble, featuring a white collared shirt and a black blazer. But it was Shiloh’s look that gave onlookers déjà vu. The 15-year-old sported a black-and-white Dior dress, which was originally worn by Jolie back in 2019. ( The printed piece made its first appearance at the global press conference for Maleficent: Mistress of Evil in Los Angeles.) Shiloh paired the frock with black flats and silver hoop earrings.
Dipping into their mother’s closet is clearly the theme for the kids this press tour. At the Los Angeles premiere last week, Zahara opted for an Elie Saab Haute Couture gown that the Mr. and Mrs. Smith star wore to the 2014 Oscars.
After the event, the mother of six described all of her children's outfits in an interview with Entertainment Tonight as “all mixed with vintage, and in my old Oscars dress. We did all vintage and upcycled my old stuff.”
We wonder when Jolie’s 2012 ivory Atelier Versace will make its big return.
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