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A new ratings high for ‘Downton Abbey’

‘‘Downton Abbey’’ drew nearly 8 million viewers for Sunday’s much-anticipated season premiere. PBS and WGBH announced Monday that the third-season premiere of the British miniseries attracted 7.9 million viewers, according to Nielsen Fast National data. This audience doubled the viewership of the series’ second-season premiere, and it quadrupled PBS’s average prime-time audience. ‘‘Downton Abbey’’ airs on the ‘‘Masterpiece Classic’’ anthology, which is presented on PBS by WGBH Boston. It has won a Golden Globe and an Emmy for outstanding miniseries.

Kennedy Center review

The Kennedy Center in Washington is reviewing the way it selects artists who receive Kennedy Center Honors each year after a group said Latinos have been largely excluded. The formal review announced Monday includes members of the Kennedy Center board and an 11-member artist advisory panel including actress Debbie Allen, cellist Yo-Yo Ma, and Broadway actor Raul Esparza . It also will include representatives from the Latin Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences and the National Association of Latino Arts and Culture. The 35-year-old Kennedy Center Honors have become a major cultural prize with a salute from the president and secretary of state. In September, the National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts criticized the Kennedy Center, saying it excluded Latinos.

‘Root’ cause

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“Lindsay saw her dad abuse me — that’s why she’s so screwed up.” — Dina Lohan, to the New York Daily News, explaining “the root” of her daughter’s problems.

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