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10 Pop-Culture Facts That Hammer Home the Reality of Just How Depressingly Dumb Americans Are

By Dustin Rowles | Think Pieces | February 9, 2011 |

By Dustin Rowles | Think Pieces | February 9, 2011 |

  • Even after Charlie Sheen once again proved himself to be the worst person on the planet, the latest episode of “Two and a Half Men” clocked in with over 15 million viewers. The title of that episode? “Three Hookers and a Philly Cheesesteak.”

  • According to TiVo users, the most popular Super Bowl commercial during Sunday’s telecast, based on the commercial that was rewound most frequently, was the Snickers commercial with Richard Lewis and Roseanne Barr. The Best Buy ad with Ozzy Osbourne and Justin Bieber was the second most popular. And, of the 13 film spots that aired during the Super Bowl, the Adam Sandler comedy, “Just Go With It,” was the third most popular. (Reuters)

  • Last week’s Nielson ratings have been released. The top two spots belonged to The Super Bowl. After that: “Glee,” the two episodes of “American Idol,” “NCIS,” “The Mentalist,” “CSI,” and “The Big Bang Theory” held the other 8 spots. A re-run of “Two and a Half Men,” was number 13, “Shit My Dad Says,” was number 16, and another rerun of the fat-person comedy, “Mike and Molly” ranked 25. That rerun of “Two and a Half Men,” received 2 million more viewers than “Parks and Recreation” and “Community” combined.

  • The highest rated show on cable last week was “Jersey Shore.” It received about the same amount of viewers as “Community” and “Parks and Recreation” combined. The next two highest rated episodes on cable were airings of “Pawn Stars.”

  • After six weeks in 2011, the five biggest films of the year so far? Green Hornet, No Strings Attached, The Dilemma, Season of the Witch and The Rite.

  • According to the metrics for December on, Perez Hilton’s website was visited nearly 2 million times in December, compared to around 750,000 visits for The New Yorker.

  • The three top-selling books of 2010 were the The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo novels. The next two were George W. Bush’s memoirs and The Last Song by Nicholas Sparks.

  • In the last day, this six-second video has been watched nearly half a million times.

  • On Monday, Bill O’Reilly’s shows on Fox was watched by over 3.7 million people. Rachel Maddow was watched by around 980,000 people.

  • The most downloaded movie on iTunes right now is Katherine Heigl’s Life As We Know It. Seven of the top ten most downloaded singles are from “Glee.”

    Dustin is the founder and co-owner of Pajiba. You may email him here, follow him on Twitter, or listen to his weekly TV podcast, Podjiba.

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