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NEWS BRIEFS: Grammy Ratings Jump

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BOOSTED: For all the outcry over Janet Jackson’s flashed flesh at the Super Bowl, people aren’t turning off their televisions. The 46th annual Grammy Awards, which for the first time in history was broadcast using a tape delay, proved to be the most-watched Grammy telecast since 2001 and was up 6 percent from last year’s awards, reports Reuters. More than 26 million viewers tuned in for the CBS telecast from the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

MOURNED: Rosie O’Donnell shed a few tears for her shuttered $10 million Broadway musical “Taboo” on Sunday, the Associated Press reports. The comic and former talk-show host thanked fans for making the final performance of the underachieving musical, which featured ’80s icon Boy George. Despite not living up to its financial expectations, “Taboo” may live on, as O’Donnell hopes to bring the show back someday. “I know it’ll have a life after this,” a choreographer for the show tells AP.

QUOTED: “Some of them are wonderful. Some of them are pretty horrible.” — Joan Collins, on men, according to AP. The 70-year-old actress is married to Percy Gibson, 37, her fifth husband.

DIED: Jason Raize, one of the original stars of the Broadway hit “The Lion King,” died Feb. 3 in Australia, The New York Times reports. Raize, whose full name was Jason Raize Rothenberg, performed the role of Simba in the musical. The 28-year-old New York native passed away in Yass, southwest of Sydney. The cause of death reportedly was suicide.

DELAYED: Harrison Ford’s long-awaited return as Indiana Jones will have to wait some more, New York’s Daily News reports. The fourth installment in the Steven Spielberg-George Lucas collaboration has been postponed possibly until 2006 while a new script is developed. “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade,” the third installment in the adventure series, hit theaters in 1989. … Meanwhile, Ford will get plenty of exposure before “Indy 4,” when the “Star Wars” films that originally catapulted him to stardom are released on DVD in September. Lucasfilm Ltd. and 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment are preparing a four-disc box set that includes the first three “Star Wars” films, plus an additional disc of documentary and never-before-seen footage, reports Reuters.