Thursday, April 25, 2024

Oprah Ratings Go Wild with Harry and Meghan: 17.1 Million People Tuned In to See the Monarchy Crumble


Oprah’s royal special got 17.1 million people, a whopping big number, 10 million more than CBS usually gets at that hour.

The first hour was 16.963 million. The second hour jumped up to 17.3 million. That doesn’t include delayed viewing and all the clips running everywhere and the boost Oprah gave to CBS Morning News.

Oprah’s special didn’t do any favors to other shows airing at the same time last night including the Critics Choice Awards. I would ask the CW Network to re-air the Critics Choice this week again when people who would have watched it can see it.

ABC was down 21% from last week, and NBC was down 75%. Oprah took a bite out of everything.

Oprah’s score tied Diane Sawyer’s powerhouse interview with Caitlyn Jenner from 2017 to the decimal.

Will the monarchy crumble? Only if it’s ascertained that Prince Charles or Camilla were the ones who discussed the color of Archie’s skin. I feel that they were the ones, and that Harry can’t get over it. But that’s speculation. It may sink in that the UK has a racist waiting to be King. Certainly, Charles is a bad guy, we know that from the whole Diana saga. His mother knows it, too, which is why she’s never turned the Crown over to him.

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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