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Apr 5, 2004  •  Post A Comment

Janet Jackson, whose breast-baring stunt during the Super Bowl halftime show in February launched a thousand decency debates, appeared to thumb her nose at her critics last week during her first two television appearances since the flap. She appeared on “Late Show With David Letterman” Monday, March 29, exhibiting much of the anatomy in question with a low-cut get-up. What she would not disclose was what exactly malfunctioned on her Super Bowl wardrobe. She told David Letterman that it was supposed to happen kind of like that, but, “I wasn’t supposed to come out of it like I did.” She was similarly silent with Diane Sawyer after a March 31 performance on “Good Morning America,” when she danced vigorously, again in a low-cut top that barely kept her from, er, coming out again. “I’ve moved on and I don’t want to discuss it anymore,” Ms. Jackson told Ms. Sawyer. Though the networks didn’t get answers from Ms. Jackson, they did draw some additional tune-in. The March 29 edition of “Late Show” delivered a 5.5/14 household rating/share in the 55 Nielsen metered markets, which was 20 percent higher than the show’s average season-to-date performance on Monday night this season, according to Nielsen. “GMA” averaged 5.6 million viewers, up slightly from the previous morning’s 5.3 million viewers, according to Nielsen fast national data. “Today” still won the morning news race Wednesday by more than 1 million viewers.