Ratings in for Oprah Winfrey's interview with Lance Armstrong
January 18th, 2013
04:40 PM ET

Ratings in for Oprah Winfrey's interview with Lance Armstrong

It was hard to ignore the equal opportunity present in Oprah Winfrey's interview with Lance Armstrong, the first part of which aired on OWN Thursday night.

While the "Oprah's Next Chapter" episode was all about Armstrong and his troubles, Winfrey did have something to gain: exposure for her still-growing network.

In the end, 4.3 million tuned in to watch Armstrong's admission that he did use performance-enhancing substances.

According to a statement from the network, 3.2 million watched the interview at 9 p.m., making that the second highest OWN telecast to date. An additional 1.1 million caught the interview at 10:30 p.m.

The top telecast for OWN was the March 2012 "Oprah's Next Chapter" episode that featured Whitney Houston's family, including the late singer's daughter, Bobbi Kristina. That episode was watched by 3.5 million.

The second half of Winfrey's interview with Armstrong airs tonight on OWN at 9 p.m. ET.


Filed under: Celebrities • Oprah Winfrey • television

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  1. j

    Lol...

    http://lightyears.blogs.cnn.com/2013/01/16/cutting-your-fingernails-in-space/

    Zoglet says: January 17, 2013 at 7:15 pm

    After the disgrace of Armstrong admitting he took drugs and cheated, should all astronauts now have to face regular drug tests? Also, are astronauts good at cycling because of the zero-G?

    lol

    January 25, 2013 at 1:07 am | Report abuse |
  2. Mariah

    I don’t normally watch OWN, but several of my coworkers at DISH and I were glued to the TV when they came over Saturday night to watch the interviews I recorded. Many of them hadn’t even heard that Lance was going to interviewed, let alone confessing, so I have a feeling that a lot of people didn’t know, which is why the ratings weren’t as high. I’ll probably keep the interviews saved for a bit longer since I’m never strapped for recording space now that I have 1,250 SD or 450 HD hours worth of space on my new DISH Hopper.

    January 22, 2013 at 6:48 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Your Managment

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    January 21, 2013 at 9:20 pm | Report abuse |
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    January 21, 2013 at 9:18 pm | Report abuse |
  5. mom haz ur' tkt

    the John mMayer special...

    January 21, 2013 at 9:03 pm | Report abuse |
  6. viv-

    calling j...good night.

    January 21, 2013 at 8:59 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Lance

    spam with no remorse

    January 21, 2013 at 8:49 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Jet?

    i let you come to work......please bring another day...try.

    January 21, 2013 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Admitting your wrong is what makes a man....

    admitting your not is wimpy....same goes for women....

    January 21, 2013 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
  10. mikey sparjeniano

    lance is kinda wimpy...sorry for that.

    January 21, 2013 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Geraard Spergen

    Who came up with those background props? What is that... a giant ash tray and a bottle of cheap lotion?

    January 21, 2013 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
  12. wonder if lance puts out...

    he might be gay.

    January 21, 2013 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
  13. business is business

    life is life.

    January 21, 2013 at 7:19 am | Report abuse |
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    January 21, 2013 at 6:37 am | Report abuse |
  15. bruce john springstein and the mi boulevard orchestra...

    i love the dead silence that comes through a computer......business as usual...
    i love my life.

    January 21, 2013 at 6:05 am | Report abuse |
  16. SPAM EATING 5:20am

    NO DELAYS FOR PEACE...ONWARD WE GO.

    January 21, 2013 at 5:25 am | Report abuse |
  17. tracie

    I JUST SWALLOWED SEVEN FOOTLONG TURDS. DON'T HATE.

    January 21, 2013 at 12:41 am | Report abuse |
  18. black ink with the stoopid posts

    Why u talk about gaga, thread aint about her ?

    January 20, 2013 at 10:57 pm | Report abuse |
  19. bruce john springstein and the mi boulevard orchestra...

    hey you...sorry but gaga but in again where her nose doesn't belong-wanna see snow –

    January 20, 2013 at 9:32 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Alvarez

    Hey Lance, open wide. I want to drop a large steaming turd down your gullet.

    January 20, 2013 at 9:28 pm | Report abuse |
  21. bruce john springstein and the mi boulevard orchestra...

    lance looked soooooooooo cute from a distance while oprah was heading to an event...

    January 20, 2013 at 8:15 pm | Report abuse |
  22. I'm not a POS

    i've never see your mothers house...Oprah has big bazooms and Lance can't get his eyes off of them.

    January 20, 2013 at 8:13 pm | Report abuse |
  23. i'm sorry lance...

    i still want too count. kay?

    January 20, 2013 at 7:59 pm | Report abuse |
  24. bruce john springstein and the mi boulevard orchestra...

    gaga recieved her stoopidity feed for today..oprah just sings in the rain..

    January 20, 2013 at 7:58 pm | Report abuse |
  25. bruce john springstein and the mi boulevard orchestra...

    another big afternoon...many enemys ahead for rat. poor thing. i love my orchestra

    January 20, 2013 at 7:56 pm | Report abuse |
  26. ROID-STRONG

    IM ROID-STRONG, I CAN LIFT AND DO ANYTHING!!!

    January 20, 2013 at 7:53 pm | Report abuse |
  27. bruce john springstein and the mi boulevard orchestra...

    gaga is a major rat and look at the full day she had this afternoon...

    January 20, 2013 at 7:50 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Remember folks..its just blogging...

    don't ever take it personally.

    January 20, 2013 at 7:27 pm | Report abuse |
  29. i just don't have it in me

    i'd rather be singin in the rain then hang out with a cold rat like you....

    January 20, 2013 at 7:27 pm | Report abuse |
  30. Did you get your attention for the evening?

    Do you feel good? i'm glad i wish i could be a cold hearted rat like you...

    January 20, 2013 at 7:26 pm | Report abuse |
  31. Rat wannabe

    i wish i could be that way...but i just cant'...poor lance.

    January 20, 2013 at 7:19 pm | Report abuse |
  32. Oprah didn't get her nails done today for the interview...

    tomorrow will be a perfect day....good night all and have a great evening.

    January 20, 2013 at 7:17 pm | Report abuse |
  33. In conclusion....

    take a look at this

    January 20, 2013 at 7:11 pm | Report abuse |
  34. I'm not a POS

    i didn't eff up your mothers computer...assuming your referring to me.

    January 20, 2013 at 7:10 pm | Report abuse |
  35. i'm not a POS

    I'm not hacked into parents phones...if your referring to me

    January 20, 2013 at 7:07 pm | Report abuse |
  36. i'm not a POS

    i don't FK up a person's computer battery and dim her screen. assuming your referring to me.

    January 20, 2013 at 7:06 pm | Report abuse |
  37. I'm not a POS

    I don't look for accounts and follow people..

    January 20, 2013 at 7:05 pm | Report abuse |
  38. I'm not POS

    I do not crash other peoples computers...if your referring to me.

    January 20, 2013 at 7:04 pm | Report abuse |
  39. I'm not POS

    i don't hack into phones...if your referring to me.

    January 20, 2013 at 7:02 pm | Report abuse |
  40. janna szeto

    Test

    January 20, 2013 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
  41. Ima Mused

    I'm not sure what's worse.....giving air time to a lying POS or using said POS in an attempt to make yourself relevant again. Maybe you two need each other.

    January 20, 2013 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
  42. james

    Lance? More bad news. There r no stationary bikes in prison.

    January 20, 2013 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  43. AllensWoody

    Who's Oprah? I saw some big black woman interviewing a skinny dude who rides a bicycle on Thursday nite while channel surfing. This is big news?

    January 20, 2013 at 9:40 am | Report abuse |
  44. Hollywood

    What a creep! He "apologized" only because he got caught. The word "honesty" is not even in his vocabulary.

    January 20, 2013 at 9:03 am | Report abuse |
  45. Donna

    He's only remorseful because he got caught.But everyone does deserve forgiveness and a second chance.

    January 20, 2013 at 8:02 am | Report abuse |
  46. BLues

    Every picture of him shows a scowl, a hard look on his face. It's not the drugs. It shows a male, not a man who is self centered. He will never come clean. He's as dirty as he physically looks in his pictures. He is an ugly human being.

    January 20, 2013 at 1:02 am | Report abuse |
  47. Hello?

    ha

    January 19, 2013 at 8:55 pm | Report abuse |
  48. Is it possible for me too

    count them "closely"?

    January 19, 2013 at 8:54 pm | Report abuse |
  49. the real charlie's angels...

    i do...its grey..stage left

    January 19, 2013 at 8:51 pm | Report abuse |
  50. ana

    Who cares?

    January 19, 2013 at 8:49 pm | Report abuse |
  51. After the show ended...The Real Story was...

    i really heard somebody looks hot with grey scruff...annnnd how come i can't this and everyone else does?

    January 19, 2013 at 8:48 pm | Report abuse |
  52. rosethornne

    ....and?

    A guy in a sport filled with cheaters, cheated. Stop the presses.

    January 19, 2013 at 6:23 pm | Report abuse |
  53. Matt

    I am a better person from her teachings, anyone that can stop Geoff Thompson from beating people to a pulp. She has faces adversity in her own life. She thinks he does deserve a second chance., I think the amount of people with cancer that sought solace in livestrong. In my humble opinion I think he does.

    January 19, 2013 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
  54. tony

    Hay...just saw lance last nut on ebay for $200,000. hannity out bidded limbaugh.

    January 19, 2013 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
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    Reblogged this on jamesw4659 and commented:
    She should have been and actress, james warner

    January 19, 2013 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
  56. the Seniors will love it!

    hahahaha

    January 19, 2013 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
  57. Mass Confusion Experts

    what a performance...chills down my spine

    January 19, 2013 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
  58. is it raining outside?

    wow.

    January 19, 2013 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
  59. Alvarez

    Headed to the neighbors' house. I'm going to climb up on the dining room table and deposit a massive steaming centerpiece. I think they'll really enjoy it.

    January 19, 2013 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • TriumphTheInsultComicDog

      Good idea! A good poop centerpiece not only provides a lovely aroma for dinner time but also can be a wonderful conversation starter. I think I'll pinch a loaf on my family's table. One with nuts and corn.

      January 20, 2013 at 5:45 am | Report abuse |
  60. Oprah is just fine...

    its called brand new attic!!!!!!

    January 19, 2013 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
  61. When does it stop for Lance ... When!!!

    i wish lance could see the show...

    January 19, 2013 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
    • un

      Has no one questioned the key elements:
      Oprah's network isn't doing well.
      She and Obama are VERY good friends.
      Lance gives Oprah a tell all interview.
      The Federal Attorney's office just announced it isn't filing charges against Lance.
      This charge could be filed under RICO.

      January 19, 2013 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
  62. oprah?

    double d's right? .. yea.

    January 19, 2013 at 10:26 am | Report abuse |
  63. purgatory 24 7

    Wtphuck lance u could have won @ least 1 of the 7 races without the juice! that would be honorable but i guess u will never know and truthfully thats what sucks the most! sleep well and take care of your remaining nut lance you may have to auction it off to help pay off your lawyer! you sir are in purgatory learn to love it and embrace it you maroon!!!!!! 24/7

    January 19, 2013 at 10:25 am | Report abuse |
  64. DO NOT

    trust lance's wife....no way jose...too p m signing off.

    January 19, 2013 at 10:25 am | Report abuse |
  65. Wow

    lance's wife always tries to set him up in some way...she is NOT SUPPORTIVE too him at all.....
    second problem is i wonder if she encouraged him to be this way...he really could have kept
    all those medals if he kept his mouth closed.....

    January 19, 2013 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |
  66. Lance Issues...

    my man will be treated like a king and i will not hear of anything more!!! lance should NOT have listened to anyone but himself...

    January 19, 2013 at 9:40 am | Report abuse |
  67. With allllllllllllll the problems Lance has....

    he still has time stare at oprah's bazooms...guys amaze me they truly do!!! hahahahahahaha

    January 19, 2013 at 9:37 am | Report abuse |
  68. YO BRENDA

    hey where did the brenda comment go? anyways...hey brenda DIN DIN!

    January 19, 2013 at 9:31 am | Report abuse |
  69. if i was married my husband would be on a pedestal...

    i would never encourage him to do such things...never ever ever......i love would love him so much and would never want him to look like an idiot.

    January 19, 2013 at 9:29 am | Report abuse |
  70. BOUGHT IT....

    dam i'm good....look in a mirror

    January 19, 2013 at 9:24 am | Report abuse |
  71. Jules

    He sued many people for telling the truth about him and ruined many lives. He cannot repair his public image. He needs to find another line of work. Personally, anyone who feels nothing whille cheating and didn't mind stepping on people has something wrong with them. Integrity is an all the time thing – you either have it or you don't – he doesn't and he cannot be trusted.

    January 19, 2013 at 9:12 am | Report abuse |
  72. ife

    The confessed because the was caught.

    He 2 regrets was that his charity was closed and he had to admit to his kids that he is a cheat... That man is an arrogant phony.

    January 19, 2013 at 8:40 am | Report abuse |
  73. tugis

    The confessed because the was caught.

    He 2 regrets was that his charity was closed and he had to admit to his kids that he is a cheat... That man is an arrogant phony.

    January 19, 2013 at 8:35 am | Report abuse |
  74. kelly in los angeles

    good ratings for oprah,lance -he is a good man,not a murderer or rapist.

    January 19, 2013 at 8:32 am | Report abuse |
    • TriumphTheInsultComicDog

      He may not be a murderer or a rapist and he did do good things with his charity but he most definitely is NOT a good man. He's a liar and a cheat of EPIC proportions. He ruined the career of anyone that dared to tell the truth about him. He lied to the world to cover up his wrong doings and then continued to profit from them. A good man wouldn't do all of that.

      January 19, 2013 at 8:45 pm | Report abuse |
  75. gee where's manly...

    no funnies?

    January 19, 2013 at 8:12 am | Report abuse |
  76. We sound amazing...please try to join us and get away from blogging its too depressing

    HUGE TIME IN NEW YORK

    BIG SHOW

    OUR BAND HAS A HUGE PERFORMANCE IN NY COMING UP...WE ARE SOOOOOOOOOO
    HAPPY WE HAVE 554 PEOPLE COMING TOO SEE US....AND WHAT A BIG FEW DAYS AHEAD.

    I'LL BRING EVERYONE'S TICKETS IN TOWN LATER....NO NEED TO READ THIS ANYMORE...THANK

    January 19, 2013 at 8:11 am | Report abuse |
  77. our network is huge...growing

    may thanks to learning more and more about blogging and making contacts and most important to keep the old contacts also.

    January 19, 2013 at 8:06 am | Report abuse |
  78. horrible exposure for lance...

    i don't understand why he did that..stay off..details later

    January 19, 2013 at 8:00 am | Report abuse |
  79. Carlos

    It looks like not only her network is still growing...

    January 19, 2013 at 8:00 am | Report abuse |
    • i am so proud of this weekend..

      we are so happy for the joy and support we received from all...mine is the toasted roll fatso.
      what are you doing today carlos...oh nothing. that's right.

      January 19, 2013 at 8:10 am | Report abuse |
    • MONEY

      and they will be getting $38 dollars from the band this morning.

      January 19, 2013 at 8:15 am | Report abuse |
  80. HUGE TIME IN NEW YORK

    BIG SHOW

    OUR BAND HAS A HUGE PERFORMANCE IN NY COMING UP...WE ARE SOOOOOOOOOO
    HAPPY WE HAVE 554 PEOPLE COMING TOO SEE US....AND WHAT A BIG FEW DAYS AHEAD.

    I'LL BRING EVERYONE'S TICKETS IN TOWN LATER....NO NEED TO READ THIS ANYMORE...THANKS!!!!

    January 19, 2013 at 7:30 am | Report abuse |
  81. lance and oprah make a cute couple...

    i think so.

    January 19, 2013 at 6:36 am | Report abuse |
  82. i love lance...

    sorry for his troubles.

    January 19, 2013 at 6:32 am | Report abuse |
  83. SteveInSpain

    4.3 million...that's just about the same as the number of NRA members.

    Now, there is no logical linkage I confess....but then there isn't any logical reason to broadcast the Oprah and Lance dog and pony show.

    January 19, 2013 at 6:27 am | Report abuse |
  84. Liba

    Who won Miss Universe 2012??

    January 19, 2013 at 2:50 am | Report abuse |
  85. H Stone

    So he lied,cheated, doped and won. So many Americans do this. He is trying to do what is right, we should let him make his wrong right and let him move on. It is his life and not our place to judge. He has my support!

    January 18, 2013 at 10:42 pm | Report abuse |
  86. froggerpapone

    Still support Lance. Yep he doped. Still a survivor. Still a huge athlete. Still a human and has faults. People get caught up in many moments in life. I hope he is free from his demons. Live strong!!

    January 18, 2013 at 9:29 pm | Report abuse |
  87. Lance wants to put his head on them...

    hahahaha

    January 18, 2013 at 9:14 pm | Report abuse |
  88. oprah has big boobs...

    hahahaha

    January 18, 2013 at 9:14 pm | Report abuse |
  89. Lance is wrong but I feel for him....thats how i am and that's how i will always be

    i know people who have made worse mistakes then lance armstrong...of course he's going to have to pay for this but geeze do we have to destroy this person. yes he lied, yes he was wrong, yes france was right the whole time..but lord almighty–let him live his life.

    January 18, 2013 at 9:09 pm | Report abuse |
  90. Lance is wrong but I feel for him....thats how i am and that's how i will always be

    i know people who have made worse mistakes then lance armstrong...of course he's going to have to pay for this but geeze do we have to destroy this person. yes he liked, yes he was wrong, yes france was right the whole time..but lord almighty–let him live his life.

    January 18, 2013 at 9:08 pm | Report abuse |
  91. Hatred

    why do we have to hate people so much and run them into the ground-i know soooooo many men and women who have made huge errors in their lives. Lance will be paying for this the rest of his life...we should leave him be.

    January 18, 2013 at 9:03 pm | Report abuse |
  92. JGN

    It's interesting, albeit disgusting, to watch the commentary about Lance Armstrong being so MUCH more vehement and angry and unforgiving than commentary about child molesters, murderers, or even Bernie Madoff (remember him?).
    Lance Armstrong is merely a bike racer, not a politician or priest, financier or any other false god. If he is viewed as such it's because YOU made him into one. His record of wins is as real as any other bike racer who used enhancement drugs (which is most of them apparently) and his record of raising awareness and funding for cancer research is far more important, germaine and long lasting as a legacy than winning laps on a bicycle. Sports fanatics in this country and across the world stand to learn a lesson from this. He's just a human competing in human games, to win. Now it's time to cut him some slack and allow him to BE human.

    January 18, 2013 at 8:57 pm | Report abuse |
  93. Alvarez

    This man deserves to have a large steaming pile of poop deposited on his forehead and I'm just the person to make the delivery.

    January 18, 2013 at 8:54 pm | Report abuse |
  94. yea

    he confess. please

    January 18, 2013 at 8:42 pm | Report abuse |
  95. Cindy

    ok he confess can we leave it alone now

    January 18, 2013 at 8:32 pm | Report abuse |
  96. @Marita

    Lance Armstrong does not strike me as anyone, to do anything, unless its for HIS benefit! Maybe he made a deal with the Justice Dept.? After all, he defrauded the Federal Government by defrauding the Post-Office , i.e. the Taxpayer! He opened himself up to a host of other problems as well with his admission, so, I believe there's a lot more going on than meets the eye! For me, as a person, Lance Armstrong is FINISHED!! – @Marita.

    January 18, 2013 at 8:14 pm | Report abuse |
  97. Brooklyn

    To me Lance didnt seem very appologetic or remorseful. We as human beings only do behaviors based on rewards, so the real question I find myself asking is why is he coming clean (no pun intended) now? He wont be able to compete anymore no matter what he says or doesnt say, so what is the payoff for being honest about the doping scandel now? I am someone who is very forgiving and understand him trying to repair his public image, but in order for him to do so I think he needs to truly be sorry for what he has done... but in my personal opinion after watching last nights interview Lance lacked true remorse for what he did. And i feel like the "doping" wasent as big of a deal as it was for him to consistantly lie and go on the attack over the period of years not to mention sue the people who were trying to hold him accountable. Lance really fell short of the redemption I think he was hoping for with this interview. I will tune in tonight to see if perhaps he can still change my mind, but if it goes anything like last night I think Lance should have just taken the truth to the grave with him.

    January 18, 2013 at 7:58 pm | Report abuse |
  98. SKY

    HE DID WHAT TRILLIONS DO....THEY LIE.....ACCORDING TO GOD....A LIE IS A LIE....
    HE FAITHFUL IS LEAST FAITHFUL IN MUCH.....ALL LIES ARE EQUAL CHRISTIANS......
    LANCE ARMSTRONG...MOVE ON....YOU FALL YOU GET UP AND MOVE ON......
    PEOPLE LIE ON THEIR TAXES, ON THEIR MATES, IN SCHOOL, IN GOVERNMENT.
    AND NO YOU DON'T HAVE TO LIVE WITH THIS THE REST OF YOUR LIFE....
    PEOPLE WHO THINK THEY ARE PERFECT WILL LIVE THIS FOR YOU....
    IMPERFECT PEOPLE MAKES MISTAKES EVERYDAY.....
    BEFORE I TALK ABOUT YOUR MISTAKE FIRST I MUST KNOW MINES

    January 18, 2013 at 7:54 pm | Report abuse |
  99. tony

    at least we saw one successful person during the interview...lance armstong is a loser who manipualted his way to wealth...and the testicular cancer was probably from all the roids and other chemicals that he put in his body...what a bad american example.

    January 18, 2013 at 7:36 pm | Report abuse |
  100. Mike

    Now that Lance has confirmed all the rumors it is time to give him a break. I respected that all his answers to all the question from Oprah was "YES". He is paying the price for his misdeeds and has been stripped of all awards. Now lets move on to Baseball, now that Lance has been stripped it is time to strip Barry Bonds, Mark McGuire, Sammy Sosa, Roger Clemens and the rest of the players that have cheated by taking performance drugs, and also make sure that do not make the hall of fame.

    January 18, 2013 at 7:12 pm | Report abuse |
  101. larry

    Lance is another professional athletic (I use those terms loosely) that thinks he is above the law and has convinced himself that lying is OKAY! Another O. J.!

    January 18, 2013 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
  102. there is alot more to oprah's story

    i hope this man understands what oprah goes through behind the scenes...oo tah rehearsal..bye.

    January 18, 2013 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |
  103. Lewis

    I wonder if she paid him because once they finish shaking him down, he's not going to have a lot of money.

    January 18, 2013 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jff

      He will have more money than you can count. With millions in reserve he will hire an attorney that will get him off most of the obligations i.e. USPS contract etc.

      January 18, 2013 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
  104. Ann O

    Well, what a jerk. He lied and cheated. If we forgive, NEVER forget if he did it once he will do it again!

    January 18, 2013 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
  105. spam destruction...

    repaired. work on peace hon.

    January 18, 2013 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |

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