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Data: The Broadway League; Chart: Andrew Witherspoon/Axios

Last year was a big one for entertainment. Television, radio and movies saw increased revenues — and audiences came to the theater in a big way.

By the numbers: The Broadway League announced that 2018 ticket sales and gross revenue had both reached record highs, with nearly 15 million in attendance and close to $2 billion in grosses, an increase of 7.8%.

The big picture: Other entertainment avenues also saw a boost in their numbers.

  • Internet advertising revenues in the U.S. rose 22% to $107.5 billion for full-year 2018, according to a report by PwC.
  • TV advertising increased 1.4%
  • Radio ads drew a 1% increase in ad spend.

Digital ad spending in the U.S. is expected to be greater than traditional ad spending this year for the first time, according to eMarketer's latest forecast.

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Data: Hamilton Place Strategies, CivicScience; Chart: Axios Visuals

The rise in coronavirus cases in certain parts of the U.S. is stunting confidence across the country, a crop of new reports show.

Driving the news: After stalling during the previous two-week period, overall economic sentiment declined for the first time in two months, according to the Economic Sentiment Index, a biweekly survey from data firm CivicScience and Hamilton Place Strategies (HPS).

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Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

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  5. World: Putin mandates face masks.

The GOP's monstrous math problem

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Republicans, win or lose next week, face a big — and growing — math problem.

The state of play: They're relying almost exclusively on a shrinking demographic (white men), living in shrinking areas (small, rural towns), creating a reliance on people with shrinking incomes (white workers without college degrees) to survive.