News Nuggets: ‘Mad Men’ returns to record ratings

Mad Men” season premiere shatters ratings records: “The fifth-season debut of AMC’s ‘Mad Men’ delivered 3.5 million viewers for its two-hour premiere. That’s up 21 percent from 2010′s fourth-season premiere, which marked the show’s previous all-time high. Of those viewers, about 1.6 million were adults 18-49. The fourth season averaged about 2.4 million viewers, including DVR playback. ‘Mad Men’s’ first season averaged about 925,000 viewers.” EW.COM

Oscar-winning 1981 film “Chariots of Fire” will be re-released in honor of the upcoming London Olympics: “Starring Ben Cross and Ian Charleson as British sprinters competing in the Paris Olympics of 1924, Hugh Hudson‘s drama won four Oscars at the 1981 Academy Awards, including best picture … The digitally restored ‘Chariots of Fire’ will be re-released in more than 100 UK cinemas from 13 July with £150,000 in funding from the British Film Institute. It opens two weeks ahead of the London 2012 Olympics’ opening ceremony. A previously mooted stage adaptation, Hudson’s own idea, will also run from 9 May to 16 June at London’s Hampstead Theatre.” GUARDIAN

Gary Oldman says the Golden Globes are “bent”: “Gary Oldman says the Golden Globes are so political they are ‘bent.’ The Globes, regarded as second only to the Oscars, are awarded by 93 members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. Oldman was named best actor for ‘Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy‘ at last night’s Jameson’s Empire Film Awards in London after being snubbed by the Globes. He told the Standard: ‘There’s no politics involved in this ceremony as it’s done by people who just love movies.'” EVENING STANDARD

Is there Oscar buzz for Jennifer Lawrence in “The Hunger Games“? “At this point we have no real idea of what her potential competition could be, but I’d say it’s not out of the question. After all, Lawrence has already caught the Academy’s eye thanks to her breakout turn in the 2010 Sundance hit ‘Winter’s Bone.’ And ‘The Hunger Games’ has become an instant hit with both audiences and critics … The main question is whether Lawrence’s buzz can last all the way through early next year.” EW.COM

Carrie Underwood says this Sunday’s ACM performance will be her best yet: “‘Being in Vegas is always a lot of fun, and I’m glad to finally get to perform “Good Girl” in a big situation,’ the singer says (quote via CMT). ‘It’s gonna be really good. We’re having something made for the performance, and it’ll be pretty rockin’.’ The 29-year-old, who is nominated for two trophies — Top Female Vocalist, and Vocal Event of the Year with Brad Paisley for ‘Remind Me‘ — will release her highly anticipated album, ‘Blown Away,’ on May 1.” THE BOOT

The boxers who inspired “The Fighter” booked for talks about the sport: “A woman from Thorney is putting on a series of boxing talks with the men who inspired a blockbuster film last year. Nina Craunston, from Wisbech Road, Thorney, has booked boxers ‘Irish’ Micky Ward and Dicky Eklund for the events … The events will be called ‘An Audience with the Real Fighters – Micky Ward and Dicky Eklund’ and will take place in London, Essex and Kent.” EVENING TELEGRAPH

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