King Is Ratings King Again -- Thanks To Paris

People may grumble at all the media attention lavished on Paris Hilton, but they nevertheless scampered to their TV sets to watch her on CNN's Larry King Live Wednesday night, giving the show its best ratings in almost two years and forcing Fox News Channel into second place. The Hilton interview drew more than 3.2 million viewers (to FNC's 2.6 million), astonishingly nearly half of them in the 25-54 year-old demographic. King has been averaging 1.06 million for the first six months of this year. A day earlier, when his guests were the two surviving Beatles and the widows of John Lennon and George Harrison, he drew 1.47 million. The Hilton interview also helped Anderson Cooper, who followed with a one-hour discussion of it that drew 1.9 million viewers. Meanwhile, several websites on Thursday slammed King for failing to prepare for the interview (something he has acknowledged he rarely does) and therefore not being able to ask follow-up questions. For example, they noted, he failed to challenge Hilton's assertion that she has never taken drugs. Yet films have been posted on the Internet showing her doing just that. On Thursday, the -- in this case, appropriately named -- Smoking Gun website posted seven clips of Hilton apparently smoking pot and hashish and negotiating to buy them. The video was reportedly taken in Amsterdam, where many drugs are legally available. But at one point, she is seen discussing how she "can get this s*** back to America" and later says that she wants to consult "an expert like Chuck, that dude who sold us all that weed," on how to do so. In yet another clip, Hilton appears to be looking for an outdoor spot to smoke pot with some friends, asking three times, "Are we gonna get arrested?" Even the Hilton-friendly TMZ website posted video of her apparently smoking pot. (She told the site that she just likes to roll her own cigarettes.)



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