'Oprah' finale gets highest rating in 17 years
May 27th, 2011
09:28 AM ET

'Oprah' finale gets highest rating in 17 years

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.”

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No goodbye, Oprah says, just 'until we meet again'
May 25th, 2011
12:36 PM ET

No goodbye, Oprah says, just 'until we meet again'

Watch "Showbiz Tonight's" one-hour special on Oprah's final farewell at 11pm ET/PT tonight on HLN.

Before the stage went dark on her long-running talk show Wednesday, Oprah Winfrey still had a few more lessons to share.

Instead of inviting one last super-special guest to appear, giving away a car or doing one more incredible makeover, Winfrey opted to take the finale of "The Oprah Winfrey Show" back to basics:  It was just Oprah, giving what she called “a love letter” to her audience.

"This last hour is about me saying thank you; it is my love letter to you," she said. "I want to leave you all with the lessons that anchor my life. Every day that I stood here I knew that this was exactly where I was supposed to be. There was many a day I came to work tired, but I showed up because I knew that you were waiting, you were waiting for whatever we had to offer. That’s why I never missed a day in 25 years."

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Oprah Winfrey's final show: The live blog
May 25th, 2011
09:22 AM ET

Oprah Winfrey's final show: The live blog

After 25 years, the time has come to say goodbye to "The Oprah Winfrey Show."

The talk-show host has warmed up to her farewell episode with a star-studded spectacular at Chicago's United Center, which, if you're anything like us, quickly brought out the waterworks when it aired this week.

Don't put the tissues away yet, because we're expecting nothing less from Winfrey's final hour. According to WGN, the show will be more intimate, and we can expect Winfrey to break down what she's learned over the past 25 years. Join us here as we live-blog the last episode. Are you ready for it?

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Oprah's inspiration stretches around the world
May 23rd, 2011
05:41 PM ET

Oprah's inspiration stretches around the world

When CNN iReport posted the "Oprah and Me" assignment earlier this month, little did we know that we would receive stories from around the world telling us how "The Oprah Winfrey Show," which ends on Wednesday, has inspired viewers.

Lavern Depeine said that thanks to Winfrey's charitable giving, she was inspired in 2008 to create a charitable group of her own in Middlesex County, New Jersey.

The advice from Lena Gidwani's father was echoed in what she saw on the "Oprah" show, advice that eventually propelled her to a news anchor job in Ghangzhou, China.

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What we'll miss if the world ends
May 19th, 2011
07:00 AM ET

What we'll miss if the world ends

If the doomsday folks are correct, there are at least two judgments we will miss – mainly who will be crowned the winners of "American Idol" and "Dancing With the Stars."

The clock is ticking toward May 21, which listeners of  Family Radio have marked as the Day of Rapture, when Christians will be caught up in the air to meet Jesus. The day will also, they say, be the start of a five-month Judgment Day and the end of the world as we know it.

If true, that would suck for so many reasons including the mass destruction and chaos which is sure to follow. But let's consider a few reasons why it would be a tragedy in the realm of pop culture. FULL POST

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CNN’s Brooke Baldwin: My ‘Oprah’ experience
CNN's Brooke Baldwin (L) attends an 'Oprah' taping with producer Liz Hayden (center) and executive producer Angela Massie.
May 18th, 2011
04:19 PM ET

CNN’s Brooke Baldwin: My ‘Oprah’ experience

Only Oprah Winfrey could bring together the group of people assembled inside Chicago's United Center last night.

From actors and athletes to teachers and students. If Winfrey didn’t realize it before, surely she now recognizes the impact of her 25 years on television.

Tom Hanks opened the evening, calling it a “mission impossible” (and on cue, Tom Cruise appears) to surprise Ms. Winfrey on her own show.

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