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The World at a Glance: Arts and Media

World Almanac 2008 Stacks Once again, here's a peek at "The World at a Glance" from the pages of The World Almanac 2008. This time, some assorted facts about Arts and Media.


Number Ones

Top-grossing U.S. movie, 2006: Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, $423.3 mil
All-time top-grossing U.S. movie: Titanic (1997), $600.8 mil
#1 syndicated TV program, 2006-07: ESPN NFL Regular Season, 8.7% of TV households
All-time most watched TV program: M*A*S*H finale, Feb. 28, 1983, 50.2 mil households
#1 commercial radio format in U.S., 2007: Country, 2,034 stations
#1 recorded music genre in U.S., 2006: Rock, 34% of all music sold
All-time top-selling U.S. album: Eagles/Their Greatest Hits 1971-75, Eagles, 29 mil copies


Then and Now


1957 2007
Highest-rated TV show I Love Lucy (1956-57) American Idol (2006-07)
Best Picture Oscar Around the World in 80 Days The Departed
Emmy Awards
Comedy The Phil Silvers Show 30 Rock
Drama Requiem for a Heavyweight The Sopranos
Album of the Year Grammy1 No award2 Taking the Long Way, Dixie Chicks
Tony Awards
Drama A Long Day's Journey Into Night The Coast of Utopia
Musical My Fair Lady Spring Awakening
Pulitzer Prizes
Fiction No award3 The Road, Cormac McCarthy
Drama A Long Day's Journey Into Night, Eugene O'Neill Rabbit Hole, David Lindsay-Abaire
(1) Awards for 1956 (Then) and 2006 (Now). (2) The first Grammy Awards weren't awarded until February 1958--the same year that the first Gold Records were certified. 3) No prize for Fiction awarded in 1957.

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