FX's "Louie" is one of TV's most hyped comedies. The ratings? Well, that's a different story.

Wired.com used the latest viral video sensation to remind us that the press routinely fawns over shows that draw very small crowds.

“Girls.” “The Nightly Show.” “Conan.” And, yes, “Louie.”

Yet consider the digital ink spilled on their behalf through the years. It’s almost as if there’s a disconnect between scribes and the public at large.

In other entertainment news …

  • The MTV Movie Awards happened again over the weekend. Once more, we’re asked to care about absurd categories (Best Kiss?) and celebrate lifetime achievement-style awards for people in their 40s.
  • That MTV event did reveal yet another “exclusive” clip from “Captain America: Civil War,” hitting theaters May 6. The snippet featured more engaging action than the entire “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” feature.
  • This year’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame ceremony didn’t quite go as planned. N.W.A. refused to perform and Steve Miller blasted the suits pulling the strings behind the event. And, once again, The Monkees didn’t get an invite.
  • Saturday Night Live couldn’t avoid a Hillary Clinton gaffe in its own backyard. So it mocked the former First Lady’s botched Subway ride.
  • The war of words over the long-delayed Freddie Mercury biopic continues. Now, it’s Brian May’s turn to throw gasoline on the fire and slam the man once planning to take the starring role, Sacha Baron Cohen, in the process.
  • Melissa McCarthy’s “The Boss” squeaks by “Batman v Superman” at the box office. But with a C+ CinemaScore and lousy reviews, it’s still a defeat for McCarthy’s increasingly wobbly brand.
  • Fans of the late Merle Haggard oh, so gently crash his private funeral.
  • Another peek at the villainous “Suicide Squad” is out. The plot is anyone’s guess, but the marketing team behind the movie is hitting more home runs than Trevor Story.



Editor’s Note: Today marks the debut of The HiT List, your Monday blast to get you up to speed on the latest entertainment news.