Here are the biggest searches in the Zeitgeist for the week ending February 13, 2006.
1. Torino Games
I certainly don’t care about the Winter Olympics. I know a lot of people do, but at the same time, consider that NBC pays a ton of cash ($613 million) for the broadcasting rights and has had minimal results so far, according to this article in the Washington Post:
The first six nights of prime-time Olympics coverage on NBC have averaged 21 million viewers, down significantly from the 32.7 million who watched the first six nights in 2002. The Tuesday and Wednesday prime-time telecasts, which garnered audiences of 18.6 and 17.2 million respectively, became the two least-watched nights of Winter Olympics competition since at least 1988.
Unfortunately for NBC this is just not the blockbuster television event that it used to be. At the same time, this Google rank shows that there are a ton of people interested in the events. Maybe when they don’t have all these time zone difficulties, the TV audiences will get back on track.
2. Janet Jones
With the hockey world ablaze in speculation over this multi-million dollar gambling ring and an assistant coach named Tocchet, the really sexy names in the case are Wayne Gretzky and his wife Janet Jones. Even if, according to reports, they aren’t going to be charged with anything. “The Great One” doesn’t need this kind of publicity and neither does the sport that had to sit out last year in a strike/lockout.
The Grammys took place this week, and Blogcritics was on fire with music coverage:
Grammy Reaction: U2 Drops a Bomb
It’s all spectacle and fashion before the actual awards. So who thought U2, Green Day and Kelly Clarkson would shock everyone more than Madonna?
Posted to Music by Chip Ross on February 9, 2006 06:09 AM
CD Review: 2006 Grammy Nominees
21 Grammy nominated songs all in one CD.
Posted to Music by Connie Phillips on January 27, 2006 05:30 PM
4. Vanity Fair
I think this was probably more of a search for the cover pictures of Scarlett Johannson. Call me crazy.
I talked about these last week. They still stink this week, too.
Michelle Kwan was a quitter this week. Well, I guess to be fair, she did sustain an injury. See the Winter Olympics above or see this article from Blogcritic trinket:
7. Teri Hatcher
Teri Hatcher has been in the news a lot lately with her career resurgence on Desperate Housewives. I have been in love with Teri Hatcher ever since she played Lois Lane, so it is no surprise to me.
Zillow is a new real estate value estimating site. I played with it, and it seems like they have a lot of work to do outside of larger metropolitan areas.
9. Sasha Cohen
Sasha is chasing medals in the Winter Olympics.
Haiti was embroiled in political struggles over their Presidential elections.
11. Face Transplant
Face transplants: a great new surgery or an ethical nightmare waiting to happen?[ADBLOCKHERE]
12. Sly Stone
Sly Stone made an appearance at the Grammys, which is especially interesting because he hasn’t been seen in a long time.
13. Bode Miller
Bode Miller, despite huge amounts of hype, is 0 – 4 in the Olympics thus far. He might very well turn into the male version of Anna Kournikova. All hype. No substance.
The days finally ran out on Arrested Development, the most popular TV show of all time that not nearly enough people watched to make it a success.
15. Valentine’s Day
Valentine’s Day was on February 14th. FTD rejoiced, and the men of the world wished diamonds and roses had never been invented.