'Fox & Friends' the morning show of choice for Donald Trump

NEW YORK (AP) -- "Fox & Friends" has emerged as the morning television show of choice for President Donald Trump and his fans, although that may have backfired for Fox News Channel this week. Like many cable news shows in the Trump era, "Fox & Friends" has seen ratings jump, and not just in the White House. Its average February audience of 1.72 million viewers was 49 percent over last year's, the Nielsen company said.

'This is Us' finale gets highest viewership of season

NEW YORK (AP) -- Those who believe it's impossible for a broadcast network to make new hits anymore probably isn't a fan of "This is Us." The heartwarming NBC series was second only to CBS' "NCIS" for the most popular show of the week for its debut season finale last week. The show's viewership reached its highest this season with 12.8 million viewers on the night it first aired, with the audience swelling to 16.

10 Things to Know for Today

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. SUPREME COURT NOMINEE FACING DAYLONG QUESTIONING Senate Democrats are determined to press Neil Gorsuch on everything from abortion and guns to his independence from Trump. 2. WHAT TRUMP IS AIMING TO DO The U.S. president is trying to rally support for a revised version of the health care overhaul by taking his case directly to Capitol Hill.

Fox pulls Napolitano from air after Trump report

NEW YORK (AP) -- Fox News Channel has pulled legal analyst Andrew Napolitano from the air after disavowing his on-air claim that British intelligence officials had helped former President Barack Obama spy on Donald Trump. A person with knowledge of the situation who spoke on condition of anonymity because it was a personnel matter said Napolitano has been benched and won't be appearing on the air in the near future.

Ryan: More help for older people needed in GOP health bill

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Days before a pivotal vote, House Speaker Paul Ryan said Sunday he will seek changes to a GOP health care bill to provide more help to older people. The new willingness to compromise was a bid for more support from moderate Republicans, who expressed continuing unease about the plan to replace Barack Obama's health law unless significant changes were made.

Amanda Seyfried marries CBS sitcom star Thomas Sadoski

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Mom-to-be Amanda Seyfried has married fellow actor Thomas Sadoski in a low-key ceremony. Sadoski delivered the news to "Late Late Show" host James Corden on Thursday's episode. Sadoski flashed a wedding ring at Corden and told him the pair eloped on Sunday. He says they "just took off into the country with an officiant and just the two of us and we did our thing.

Despite criticism, Maddow gets biggest audience

NEW YORK (AP) -- Despite some criticism of how the show played out, MSNBC's Rachel Maddow scored her biggest audience ever on Tuesday after tweeting that she had gotten her hands on some of President Donald Trump's tax records for 2005. Her show reached 4.13 million people, the Nielsen company said. It was second only to a "Countdown" episode with Keith Olbermann just before the 2008 election as MSNBC's most-watched series episode ever, Nielsen said.

The Latest: WH aide Powell to join national security team

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Latest on President Donald Trump (all times local): 8 p.m. The White House is planning to make senior aide Dina Powell a deputy national security adviser, according to two people familiar with the details. Powell will be deputy national security adviser for strategy, working with national security adviser H.R. McMaster. A person familiar with the move says K.T. McFarland will continue to hold a position as deputy national security adviser.

AP FACT CHECK: Both sides loose with facts in health debate

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Congressional Budget Office report on a Republican health care bill set off an intense reaction in Washington, and some on both sides of the debate are playing loose with the facts. Republicans are overlooking President Donald Trump's promise to deliver "insurance for everybody," which the CBO makes clear will not happen if the legislation becomes law.

TV drama 'Greenleaf' helps get Oprah Winfrey's TV mojo back

ATLANTA (AP) -- Oprah Winfrey had long been looking for something that would keep OWN viewers from switching to other channels. The answer to her prayers turned out to be a juicy drama series set in a house of worship. "Greenleaf," which co-stars Winfrey in a recurring role, premiered last year as the most-watched debut in the six-year history of her network and has given the media mogul a boost of confidence.

Fueled by Trump opponents, Maddow's popularity rises

NEW YORK (AP) -- Rachel Maddow can trace the mood of her audience by looking at the ratings. Her MSNBC show's viewership sank like a stone in the weeks following Donald Trump's election, as depressed liberals avoided politics, and bottomed out over the holidays. Slowly, they re-emerged, becoming active and interested again. Maddow's audience has grown to the point where February was her show's most-watched month since its 2008 launch.

Republicans dismiss upcoming budget analysis of health plan

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Republicans on Sunday dismissed an upcoming Congressional Budget Office analysis widely expected to conclude that more Americans will be uninsured under a proposal to dismantle Barack Obama's health law, despite President Donald Trump's promise of universal coverage. Meanwhile, GOP opponents from the right and center hardened their positions against the Trump-backed legislation.

Charlie Rose returning to CBS after heart surgery

NEW YORK (AP) -- Charlie Rose returns to television on Monday, following a recovery from heart surgery he says his doctors told him has been "exemplary." One of three anchors on "CBS This Morning," Rose had a heart valve replaced on Feb. 9. His return was announced on the show Friday. Anthony Mason filled in for Rose beside Gayle King and Norah O'Donnell for the past month.

Media the enemy? Trump sure is an insatiable consumer

NEW YORK (AP) -- Before most people are out of bed, Donald Trump is watching cable news. With Twitter app at the ready, the man who condemns the media as "the enemy of the people" may be the most voracious consumer of news in modern presidential history. Trump usually rises before 6 a.m. and first watches TV in the residence before later moving to a small dining room in the West Wing.

Media the enemy? Trump sure is an insatiable consumer

NEW YORK (AP) -- Before most people are out of bed, Donald Trump is watching cable news. With Twitter app at the ready, the man who condemns the media as "the enemy of the people" may be the most voracious consumer of news in modern presidential history. Trump usually rises before 6 a.m. and first watches TV in the residence before later moving to a small dining room in the West Wing.

AP FACT CHECK: Claims of president's defenders on wiretaps

NEW YORK (AP) -- President Donald Trump's unsupported charge that predecessor Barack Obama had ordered wiretapping at Trump Tower has prompted Trump's supporters to search for other examples under Obama. What they came up with falls short of doing that. In press briefing Wednesday, Trump spokesman Sean Spicer offered as an example that Fox News Channel reporter James Rosen "had his phones, multiple phones, tapped.

Fox News settles sexual assault complaint

NEW YORK (AP) -- Fox News Channel's parent company has reportedly fired an executive and paid more than $2.5 million to settle a sexual assault complaint made by a former network contributor. The network said that Tamara Holder, a lawyer who would often offer a democratic point of view in Fox segments, last September told them about the incident, which had taken place a year earlier.

NBC chief to Trump: We won't be intimidated

NEW YORK (AP) -- The chief of NBC News has a message for President Donald Trump: We're not going to be intimidated. NBC News Chairman Andrew Lack said on Tuesday that the president's attacks on some media outlets won't deter his organization from doing its job. NBC News was one of the organizations specifically cited by Trump last month in his tweet about the "fake news" media that is the "enemy of the American people.

Return of 'Voice' leads NBC to ratings victory

NEW YORK (AP) -- Singing, dancing and Chicago was the formula NBC used for a weekly victory in the ratings. "The Voice" returned from a hiatus and earned three of the top four slots in the Nielsen company's list of the most-watched programs last week. The exception was "Little Big Shots," the debut of another variety show, this one featuring talented youngsters with Steve Harvey as host.