LOS ANGELES, Jan 18, 2013 (AFP) – Some 3.2 million viewers in the United
States tuned in to watch Lance Armstrong confess to Opray Winfrey that he was
a drug cheat, the famed TV interviewer’s OWN cable network said Friday.
It was the most-watched show ever on Oprah’s fledgling network after her
March 2012 conversation with the family of late singer Whitney Houston, the
network said in a statement.
The figure does not include viewers in other countries, or the 1.1 million
who watched a repeat immediately after the initial broadcast of the 90-minute
special that was also streamed live on Oprah.com.
Entertainment Weekly called the ratings “extremely strong,” but
show business trade journal Variety thought the numbers were “below what might
have been expected considering the gravitas of the interview.”
Thursday’s much-anticipated interview ran against “American Idol” on the
mainstream Fox network, which drew 16.2 million viewers during its two-hour
broadcast, Variety reported.
Part two of the Armstrong interview, pre-recorded Monday in his hometown of
Austin, Texas, goes out on the OWN network and online from 9:00 p.m. Eastern
time (0200 GMT Saturday).