It may have been a good weekend on the bigscreen for Oprah Winfrey with “Lee Daniels’ The Butler,” but her smallscreen chat with Lindsay Lohan didn’t resonate very well with viewers.
According to Nielsen, an average audience of 892,000 viewers tuned into the “Oprah’s Next Chapter” interview with Lohan, her first post-rehab sitdown. While certainly an improvement over the show’s average for the prior three weeks (478,000), it pales in comparison to the host’s other high-profile interviews on the network.
Counting the two repeats that aired later on Sunday, “Oprah’s Next Chapter” cumed 1.67 million viewers, according to Nielsen.
Winfrey drew a considerably larger audience — roughly 3.1 million — for the first of a two-night interview with Lance Armstrong, who admitted to taking performance-enhancing drugs while winning seven Tour de France races.
Winfrey’s March 2012 interview with Whitney Houston’s family following the singer’s death drew a network-record 3.5 million. And last summer, an interview with singer Rihanna drew 2.4 million.
OWN has had good success of late in the scripted arena, as Tyler Perry’s “The Haves and the Have Nots” hit another high last week with 2.14 million viewers. The soap has been picked up for a second season.
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The political state of the world today has made the upcoming docuseries “Why We Hate” relevant in a way that its producers, Steven Spielberg and Alex Gibney, hardly expected when they began developing the project five years ago, Discovery president and CEO David Zaslav said Thursday. “Things are much more of a challenge and hate [...]
Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith’s new media venture, Westbrook Inc., has signed a co-development agreement for feature films, television shows and digital entertainment formats with German-based film and TV company Telepool. The move follows the acquisition of Telepool last year by Smith and Elysian Fields, a Zurich-based investment company. Westbrook, launched this year by [...]
Comedian Shane Gillis made his first public appearance Wednesday night since he was hired by “Saturday Night Live,” then fired from the show days later amid controversy over his use of racist slurs. Appearing on stage at comedy club the Stand in New York City, Gillis performed an 11-minute set that pulled no punches when [...]
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Disney and Apple are both launching their own streaming services come November, but Disney CEO Bob Iger says the two companies weren’t always on competing paths. In an excerpt from his autobiography published Wednesday in “Vanity Fair,” Iger revealed that Disney and Apple likely would have merged if Steve Jobs hadn’t died in 2011. “I [...]