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‘Game of Thrones’ tops Nielsen’s LGBTQ ratings report

‘The Rachel Maddow Show,’ ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ also cable favorites

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‘Game of Thrones’ was the most watched cable show among LGBTQ viewers the week of April 8. (Screenshot via YouTube)

Nielsen announced in October it had partnered with GLAAD to isolate same-sex couple households to determine viewership data. For the first time, weekly data for LGBTQ viewership has been released and “Game of Thrones” is a clear favorite.

For the week of April 8, the “Game of Thrones” premiere on HBO was the top cable show among same-sex households (191,135). It was followed by “The Rachel Maddow Show” (66,071) on MSNBC and “Untucked,” (65,782) “RuPaul’s Drag Race” after-show, on VH1 came in third.

For broadcast, the NCAA Men’s Championship on CBS (176,934) was the number one show rounded out by CBS’ “Survivor” (120,921) and “NCIS” 116,498 on CBS.

Overall, the same-sex households and mixed-gender households appeared to watch similar programs. However, “RuPaul’s Drag Race” and “Untucked” had the highest concentration of LGBTQ viewers with 16 percent of its viewership being LGBTQ.

Nielsen’s LGBTQ ratings are listed below with overall viewership indicated by parentheses.

Broadcast

  1. NCAA Men’s Championship (CBS), 176,934 (19.72 million)
  2. “Survivor” (CBS), 120,921 (7.6 million)
  3. “NCIS” (CBS), 116,498 (11.82 million)
  4. “60 Minutes” (CBS), 96,273 (8.72 million)
  5. “Modern Family” (ABC), 95,180 (4.81 million)
  6. “The Voice” (Monday) (NBC), 95,130 (7.62 million)
  7. “American Idol” (Sunday) (ABC), 94,696 (7.26 million)
  8. “Grey’s Anatomy” (ABC), 84,223 (6.82 million)
  9. “The Voice” (Tuesday) (NBC), 81,510 (7.32 million)
  10. “The Goldbergs” (ABC), 79,655 (4.64 million)

Cable

  1. “Game of Thrones” (HBO), 191,135 (11.76 million)
  2. “The Rachel Maddow Show” (MSNBC), 66,071 (2.55 million)
  3. “Untucked” (VH1), 65,782 (405,989)
  4. “RuPaul’s Drag Race” (VH1), 64,082 (402,516)
  5. “All In With Chris Hayes” (MSNBC), 34,280 (1.57 million)
  6. “Last Word With Lawrence O’Donnell” (MSNBC), 33,344 (2.02 million)
  7. “Spring Baking Championship” (Food Network), 27,858 (1.04 million)
  8. “The Curse of Oak Island” (History), 26,502 (3.06 million)
  9. “Little People, Big World” (TLC), 25,243 (1.34 million)
  10. “Gold Rush: Dave Turin’s Lost Mine” (Discovery), 24,578 (1.33 million)
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PHOTOS: Night of Champions

Team DC holds annual awards gala

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Team DC President Miguel Ayala speaks at the 2024 Night of Champions Awards on Saturday. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

Team DC, the umbrella organization for LGBTQ-friendly sports teams and leagues in the D.C. area, held its annual Night of Champions Awards Gala on Saturday, April 20 at the Hilton National Mall. The organization gave out scholarships to area LGBTQ student athletes as well as awards to the Different Drummers, Kelly Laczko of Duplex Diner, Stacy Smith of the Edmund Burke School, Bryan Frank of Triout, JC Adams of DCG Basketball and the DC Gay Flag Football League.

(Washington Blade photos by Michael Key)

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PHOTOS: National Cannabis Festival

Annual event draws thousands to RFK

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Growers show their strains at The National Cannabis Festival on Saturday. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

The 2024 National Cannabis Festival was held at the Fields at RFK Stadium on April 19-20.

(Washington Blade photos by Michael Key)

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‘Amm(i)gone’ explores family, queerness, and faith

A ‘fully autobiographical’ work from out artist Adil Mansoor

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Adil Mansoor in ‘Amm(i)gone’ at Woolly Mammoth Theatre. (Photo by Kitoko Chargois)

‘Amm(i)gone’
Thorough May 12
Woolly Mammoth Theatre
641 D St., N.W. 
$60-$70
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“Fully and utterly autobiographical.” That’s how Adil Mansoor describes “Amm(i)gone,” his one-man work currently playing at Woolly Mammoth Theatre. 

Both created and performed by out artist Mansoor, it’s his story about inviting his Pakistani mother to translate Sophocles’s Greek tragedy “Antigone” into Urdu. Throughout the journey, there’s an exploration of family, queerness, and faith,as well as references to teachings from the Quran, and audio conversations with his Muslim mother. 

Mansoor, 38, grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and is now based in Pittsburgh where he’s a busy theater maker. He’s also the founding member of Pittsburgh’s Hatch Arts Collective and the former artistic director of Dreams of Hope, an LGBTQ youth arts organization.

WASHINGTON BLADE: What spurred you to create “Amm(i)gone”? 

ADIL MANSOOR: I was reading a translation of “Antigone” a few years back and found myself emotionally overwhelmed. A Theban princess buries her brother knowing it will cost her, her own life. It’s about a person for whom all aspirations are in the afterlife. And what does that do to the living when all of your hopes and dreams have to be reserved for the afterlife?

I found grant funding to pay my mom to do the translation. I wanted to engage in learning. I wanted to share theater but especially this ancient tragedy. My mother appreciated the characters were struggling between loving one another and their beliefs. 

BLADE: Are you more director than actor?

MANSOOR: I’m primarily a director with an MFA in directing from Carnegie Mellon. I wrote, directed, and performed in this show, and had been working on it for four years. I’ve done different versions including Zoom. Woolly’s is a new production with the same team who’ve been involved since the beginning. 

I love solo performance. I’ve produced and now teach solo performance and believe in its power. And I definitely lean toward “performance” and I haven’t “acted” since I was in college. I feel good on stage. I was a tour guide and do a lot of public speaking. I enjoy the attention. 

BLADE: Describe your mom. 

MANSOOR: My mom is a wonderfully devout Muslim, single mother, social worker who discovered my queerness on Google. And she prays for me. 

She and I are similar, the way we look at things, the way we laugh. But different too. And those are among the questions I ask in this show. Our relationship is both beautiful and complicated.

BLADE: So, you weren’t exactly hiding your sexuality? 

MANSOOR: In my mid-20s, I took time to talk with friends about our being queer with relation to our careers. My sexuality is essential to the work. As the artistic director at Dreams of Hope, part of the work was to model what it means to be public. If I’m in a room with queer and trans teenagers, part of what I’m doing is modeling queer adulthood. The way they see me in the world is part of what I’m putting out there. And I want that to be expansive and full. 

So much of my work involves fundraising and being a face in schools. Being out is about making safe space for queer young folks.

BLADE: Have you encountered much Islamophobia? 

MANSOOR: When 9/11 happened, I was a sophomore in high school, so yes. I faced a lot then and now. I’ve been egged on the street in the last four months. I see it in the classroom. It shows up in all sorts of ways. 

BLADE: What prompted you to lead your creative life in Pittsburgh? 

MANSOOR: I’ve been here for 14 years. I breathe with ease in Pittsburgh. The hills and the valleys and the rust of the city do something to me. It’s beautiful, it’ affordable, and there is support for local artists. There’s a lot of opportunity. 

Still, the plan was to move to New York in September of 2020 but that was cancelled. Then the pandemic showed me that I could live in Pittsburgh and still have a nationally viable career. 

BLADE: What are you trying to achieve with “Amm(i)gone”? 

MANSOOR: What I’m sharing in the show is so very specific but I hear people from other backgrounds say I totally see my mom in that. My partner is Catholic and we share so much in relation to this. 

 I hope the work is embracing the fullness of queerness and how means so many things. And I hope the show makes audiences want to call their parents or squeeze their partners.

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