Top of the Morning, Aug. 22, 2014
The biggest sports story of the summer (sorry, World Cup) drew a record audience for ESPN.
Mo'Ne Davis, the 13-year-old pitching star for her Philadelphia team, helped the network score a 3.4 overnight rating for Wednesday's Little League World Series game against Las Vegas, the highest ever for a preliminary round game. It was 134 percent better than for the same round in last year's tournament.
Davis fever is everywhere, including Sports Illustrated. Davis is on this week's cover, the youngest ever to grace the front page. Celebrities have lined up to congratulate Davis for her pitching success.
"I think it's great," said CL Cole, University of Illinois professor in media and cinema studies. "She's a star. She's making history."
Is it too much pressure for a 13-year-old? Davis doesn't seem to mind, handling national TV interviews with class and poise.
"That's part of what makes her special," Cole said. "She seems to be doing a really good job with it. She's amazing.
"I think it's good for Little League. I think it's good for baseball. And I really think it's great for girls."
"Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon"
10:30 p.m., NBC
For some reason, most of the gabfests are airing repeats. But not funnyman Fallon, who welcomes actor Ethan Hawke. Really liked "Training Day."
7 p.m., Bravo
Critics hated this film. Why? While it wasn't Oscar worthy, the action sequence is worth watching. It makes you feel like you are there, always a good sign for any movie. And Ben Affleck is always watchable. As a bonus, Jon Voight plays FDR. Awesome casting.
"We're the Millers"
7 p.m., Cinemax
Jennifer Aniston is fine when she tries to be serious, but she excels in comedies. Throw in Jason Sudeikis, Ed Helms and Nick Offerman and you've got yourself two hours of laughs.