Hit soap opera ends in Brazil, but no blackouts

People watch the final episode of soap opera Avenida Brasil in an outdoor plaza full of vendors in the Dona Marta slum in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Friday, Oct. 19, 2012. "Telenovelas," prime-time soap operas with average runs of 200 episodes, are hugely popular in Brazil, where the plot lines often become front page news and where discussions of the heroes and villains are a major topic of conversation. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)Brazilians plopped down in chairs gathered around sidewalk TVs and sat down to meals with sets looming over their tables Friday night as the country settled in for the final chapter of a smash soap opera that enthralled its fans for months.