Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Second Time Around, Oprah’s Meghan-Harry Interview Beaten by NBC James Spader Drama “The Blacklist”


Remember when Oprah’s interview with Meghan Markle and Prince Harry scored 17.1 million viewers? That was last Sunday.

The interview swamped Sunday night’s ratings and killed everything in its path. It was all anyone could talk about for days.

Well, CBS re-ran the two hour kvetch fest on Friday night from 8 to 10pm. And guess what? Just over 3 million people showed up.

The first hour was beaten by NBC’s long running drama “The Blacklist” starring James Spader. The second hour did a little better and beat the first hour of “Dateline” on NBC. But the second hour of “Dateline” outdrew Oprah. So there.

If you didn’t tape it, or record it, that’s the last we’ll see of Oprah Royal special for a while. It’s gone into her vaults for future use only by her. CBS can’t show it on Paramount Plus. Oprah’s company, Harpo, will now charge a fortune for those clips.

Good deal, huh? That’s why Oprah has mansions and we’re in five floor walkups. Dig it!


Roger Friedman
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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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