May 27th, 2011
09:28 AM ET
It’s still a little early to calculate how many millions of people tuned in to Oprah Winfrey’s finale show on Wednesday, but overnight ratings are showing an impressive number.
According to AdWeek, Winfrey’s farewell “love letter” to her viewers was the highest-rated “Oprah Winfrey Show” in 17 years with an overnight household rating of 13.3 – and it doesn’t take into account households in the St. Louis market, since the show was pre-empted there for storm coverage.
Entertainment Weekly adds that the overnight rating is 130 percent higher than Winfrey’s average rating, and that such an achievement hadn’t been marked since Winfrey’s February 21, 1994 episode entitled, “People Shed Their Disguises.”
In the episode, a man who’d been wearing a beard for 20 years finally got a shave, another got rid of a toupee, and one woman who wore wigs for 25 years changed it up.
Although total viewership for the finale episode won’t be known for about two weeks, EW is estimating it'll be well over 15 million.
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