Wednesday, May 29, 2024

Oprah-Lance Show 3.2 Mil Viewers for OWN, But Second to Oprah’s Whitney Houston Post-Death Show


Well, Lance Armstrong’s big confession last night was only the second highest show ever on the OWN network. Oprah’s crazy show with Pat Houston and Bobbi Kristina after Whitney died remains number 1 on OWN. The Lance Show got 3.2 million viewers, which is still pretty good.  OWN just sent out a confusing press release claiming 3.2 and 4.3 mil at the same time. Then Variety sent out a blast saying it was 3.1 million.

So no one really knows. But they do know that it wasn’t as big as Pat Houston saying Whitney was “looking for love in all the wrong places” as an explanation for her death– weeks before the coroner said he found cocaine and paraphernalia in the room. But that’s another story. Anyway, tonight is Part 2 when maybe Lance will explain everything he said last night.

Oh wait I get it. You have no idea how press releases are worded from networks about their ratings. This is what they meant: 3.2 million from 9 pm to 10:30pm first showing, then another 1.2 million for the second showing at 10:30pm. So you decide. But neither number is as big as the Whitney Houston number. In that show, there was no idea that Bobbi Kristina was going to run off with some kid who Whitney had “adopted” and had been been in their house for years.

As far as Lance goes: Who else knew? When did they know it? Did Sheryl Crow not know her boyfriend was doping? Or Robin Williams, his bff? How did Lance keep it a secret? How did he look his mother, wives, and children in the eye? And why does his haircut never change? Those are things I’m interested in now.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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