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Final Presidential Debate Draws 59 Million Viewers

Marc Serota/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The third and final presidential debate, which aired Monday night, wasn't quite the ratings draw that the previous two were.

The most recent debate between President Obama and Republican candidate Mitt Romney in Boca Raton, Fla., drew 59.2 million viewers across several networks, according to Variety.

By comparison, the first debate was seen by 67.2 million viewers and the second debate attracted 65.6 million.

For the week ending Sunday, the top-rated primetime program was NBC's broadcast of the Pittsburgh Steelers-Cincinnati Bengals football game.  It enjoyed an audience of 17.5 million viewers.

CBS won the network ratings race for last week, followed by ABC, NBC, Fox, Univision, the CW, Telemundo and ION Television.

Here are the top 10 primetime programs for the week of Oct. 15-22, according to the Nielsen Company:

1. NFL Football: Pittsburgh vs. Cincinnati, NBC, 17.47 million
2. 60 Minutes, CBS, 15.86 million
3. The Big Bang Theory, CBS, 15.73 million
4. Person of Interest, CBS, 13.93 million
5. Dancing with the Stars, ABC, 13.64 million
6. Two and a Half Men, CBS, 13.6 million
7. The Voice, NBC, 13.01 million
8. Dancing with the Stars Results Show, ABC, 12.92 million
9. Modern Family, ABC, 12.28 million
10. Sunday Night NFL Pre-Kick, NBC, 12.039 million

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Stacey Dash Defends Her Support of Mitt Romney

Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Clueless actress Stacey Dash appeared on Piers Morgan Tonight Tuesday and told the CNN host that she recently endorsed Mitt Romney on Twitter because she wants the next four years to be different.

Dash came under attack on Twitter shortly after publicly supporting Romney on Oct. 7.  Most of the negative responses against the 46-year-old actress had to do with her race and gender.

“The fury, I really don’t understand the fury,” she told Morgan Tuesday night.  “I don’t understand it.  I don’t get it…I was shocked, saddened.  Not angry.  Saddened and really shocked.  But you know what, you can’t expect everyone to agree with you.”

Dash, who admitted she voted for Barack Obama in 2008, told Morgan she believed in Romney.

“I believe him…I watched him, the governor and his wife, on Meet The Press.…They spoke to me, they seemed authentic and genuine,” she said.

One negative tweet directed at Dash read, “You’re an unemployed black woman endorsing @MittRomney. You’re voting against yourself thrice. You poor beautiful idiot.”

After the negative backlash, Dash stood by her comment, tweeting, “My humble opinion… EVERYONE is entitled to one.”

Women’s rights activists Sandra Fluke, who is often a target of many conservative pundits, tweeted her support for Dash.

“So disappointed to see people attacking @REALStaceyDash for voicing her opinion. Disagree politically, but #racist attacks are unacceptable,” Fluke posted.

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"Clueless" Star Stacey Dash Takes Heat for Endorsing Romney

Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Clueless star Stacey Dash has come under attack on Twitter after publicly endorsing Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

“Vote for Romney. The only choice for your future,” Dash tweeted on Sunday accompanied by a picture of her in a patriotic bathing suit.

“You’re an unemployed black woman endorsing @MittRomney. You’re voting against yourself thrice. You poor beautiful idiot,” one user tweeted.

After the negative backlash, Dash stood by her comment, tweeting, “My humble opinion… EVERYONE is entitled to one.”

Women’s rights activist Sandra Fluke, who spoke at the Democratic National Convention, tweeted her support for Dash on Monday.

“So disappointed to see people attacking @REALStaceyDash for voicing her opinion. Disagree politically, but #racist attacks are unacceptable,” Fluke posted.

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Big Bird Makes "SNL" Appearance After Romney Debate Name-Drop

Theo Wargo/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- Big Bird made an appearance on Saturday Night Live this weekend, days after Gov. Mitt Romney mentioned him during the first presidential debate of 2012. 

The famous feathered Muppet appeared on the late night show's Weekend Update segment.

Sesame Street's policy is that Muppets can't answer questions that would be above their ages.  Despite being a TV veteran for 40 years, Big Bird is actually six, so any biting political satire was off the table.  But having the character appear got the message across: it was pretty odd for Romney to specifically name-drop the bird during the political showdown.

Bird mentioned he, "didn't want to ruffle any feathers," but acknowledged he's received a lot of extra attention. 

"It's weird to think that just a few days ago I could just blend in like every other perfectly normal eight-foot-tall talking bird," the muppet said.

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"View" Co-Hosts May Be ‘Sharp Tongued,’ But Romney Will Appear on Show

Oli Scarff/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The day after leaked footage from a fundraiser showed presidential candidate Mitt Romney dubbing ABC’s The View “high risk” due to some of the “sharp tongued” women who host the show, the campaign said Wednesday that the candidate is willing to appear on the show in October.

The five women discussed the footage -- that same footage that brought us Romney’s 47-percent comment -- Wednesday morning on the show, with co-host Sherri Shepard using Romney’s comments to make an analogy to a football game.

“The thing about it, you know, if I can make a football analogy, this is just preseason,” said Shepard. “This is an exhibition game.”

“If you can’t handle four sharp-tongued women, how are you going to handle the country?” she asked.

In the leaked video, Romney is heard saying that while The View is “fine,” it is “high risk because of the five women on it, only one is conservative and four are sharp-tongued and not conservative.”

But Elisabeth Hasselbeck, the known conservative of the five, said Wednesday that she had reached out to the campaign after the remarks and they had confirmed that the Romneys would “love to once more join the sharp-tongued chatter in October.”

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Nicki Minaj: Romney Endorsement Was Sarcasm

Jason LaVeris//FimMagic(NEW YORK) -- Nicki Minaj may have mentioned GOP presidential challenger Mitt Romney in a verse, but she tweeted that President Barack Obama is the guy she'll tell her grandkids about.

President Obama told an Orlando hip-hop station Monday morning that he wasn't sure whether to believe Nicki was being serious when she rhymed, "I'm a Republican voting for Mitt Romney/You lazy b*****s is f*****g up the economy."  Obviously hip to Nicki's music, Obama noted that the YMCMB star "likes to play different characters, so I don’t know what’s going on there."

The president was referring to the fact that Minaj is known for adopting off-beat alter-egos as part of her act.  Among her alter-egos is the brash and British-sounding Roman Zolanski, who's popped up on several Minaj tracks.

And it turns out, the president had the right idea.  Nicki was certainly impressed, tweeting, "Ha! Thank you for understanding my creative humor & sarcasm Mr. President, the smart ones always do... *sends love & support*"

In addition to giving Mr. Obama props, Nicki added, "Awesome! Now I can tell my grandchildren that the 1st black President of the United States took the time to address a Nicki Minaj question."

Many people wondered whether Nicki was endorsing Romney when she rapped about him on Lil Wayne's recently released Dedication 4 mixtape.  Whatever the case, Obama said when it comes to celebrities he tends to pay less attention to any ribbing they give him.  "The truth is when it comes to music and movies, et cetera, Michelle and I just focus on who’s good," Obama concluded. "Look, I love Clint Eastwood movies, man."

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Nicki Minaj Raps for Romney?

Jason LaVeris//FimMagic(NEW YORK) -- Actor-director Clint Eastwood might have some celebrity company this week with his allegiance to Mitt Romney. Rapper Nicki Minaj appears to endorse Romney’s presidential bid in a new rap song out this week.

Minaj recorded the verse in a guest appearance on the track “Mercy” on fellow rapper Lil Wayne’s mixtape Dedication 4, which was released online Monday.

“I’m a Republican voting for Mitt Romney/You lazy [expletive] is [expletive] up the economy,” Minaj says.

Born Onika Tanya Maraj in Trinidad and Tobago, the hip-hop star was raised in New York City and attended LaGuardia High School for music and the arts.

Her representatives did not respond to numerous ABC News requests for comment about what the lyrics mean or whether Minaj is registered to vote in the United States.

Rapper Talib Kweli chalked up Minaj’s latest political comments as a public relations stunt.

“I doubt Nicki seriously supports Romney,” he tweeted. “Her lyrics ain’t political. She just wants y’all to talk about her & she winning cuz it’s working.”

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Paris Jackson Tweets She’ll ‘Move To Africa’ If Romney Wins

Marcel Thomas/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) -- Paris Jackson has thrown in her two cents about the presidential election, tweeting that if Mitt Romney wins, she’s “moving to Africa.”

Jackson, the 14-year-old daughter of the late Michael Jackson, is an avid Twitter user, with more than 900,000 followers. Sunday, she tweeted her thoughts on President Obama, and his challenger, Republican Mitt Romney.

“k i hate politics , but at least i care about this country…if Obama wasn’t president , America would be flushed down the toilet#voteobama” Jackson tweeted Sunday morning.

The outspoken teenager urged her followers to vote for Obama, blaming former president George W. Bush for the problems facing the country.

Shortly after tweeting that she would move to Africa should Romney win the election, she tweeted that she’s not sorry for airing her political opinions.

“spoke my mind , said my opinions.. don’t reeeallyy care if you disagree with me… #sorrynotsorry #voteobama”

Jackson’s Twitter account got a lot of attention earlier this summer, when she lashed out at her famous family members on the website for not letting her and her siblings see their grandmother.

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Porn Star Jenna Jameson's Big Endorsement

Tommaso Boddi/Getty Images(SAN FRANCISCO) -- Sipping champagne in the VIP lounge of San Francisco's Gold Club gentleman's lounge, former porn star Jenna Jameson said she was supporting Mitt Romney to win the White House in November.

"I'm very looking forward to a Republican being back in office," Jameson told a CBS San Francisco staffer. "When you're rich, you want a Republican in office."

But four years ago Jameson, who is estimated to have a net worth of $20 million, was singing the opposite tune.

"I look forward to another Democrat being in office," Jameson told, noting that Republicans "put their crosshairs on the adult industry."

Jameson said in the 2007 interview that she supported then-Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

"I love Hillary," Jameson said. "I think that in some ways she's pretty conservative for a Democrat, but I would love to have a woman in office."

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President Obama, Mitt Romney Mediate at CMT Music Awards

Jason Merritt/Getty Images(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) -- President Barack Obama and the presumptive GOP nominee, Mitt Romney, appeared in a taped comedy skit that opened Wednesday night’s CMT Music Awards.

As many politicians are apt to do in the middle of a partisan battle, both President Obama and former Gov. Romney refused to take sides in a dispute between Toby Keith and Kristen Bell on who should host Wednesday night’s awards show.

“This is one of the toughest decisions I’ve had to make since I’ve been in office,” Obama said. “But I think I’ve decided. I want them both.”

Romney then weighed in.

“I thought the presidential election was a tough race but it’s nothing compared to the politics at the CMT Music Awards,” he said.  “I think I have a solution. I propose that Toby and Kristen co-host the show. See, I just put two people back to work. You’re welcome, America.”

Let’s hope these two candidates can put on a better show at their party’s conventions this summer.

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