'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.”

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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  1. Bob H

    Oprah was brilliant as a talk show host! Top notch. However, I cannot understand the adoration she's receiving in Chicago these past few weeks The lady has turned her back on Chicago and headed to the West Coast. Yet, Chicago is all atwitter over her final days on the air from Chicago! That's a big "HUH?" She bails out of the city, and we are fawning all over the place! Something's not adding up here! Yes, she's excellent (except when she yells out a guest's name!), but I cannot grasp why she's being cheered and applauded by Chicago NOW, when she's pulling up stakes!
    The City named a street in her honor...after she announced she's leaving!!! Something is wrong with this picture!!! Chicago is acting like a small town on the prairie! Heck, I thought we shed that image a couple of centuries ago! Meanwhile her OWN network is not going to make it with the bill of fare it is offering at the moment. How many times can we see Oprah getting make on? talking on the phone? walking on to the set? ZZZzzzzzzzzz

    But, good luck Oprah...you may thumb your nose at Chicago, but you did it in such a way Chicago thought it was a pat on the back. See, Chicago is still a small tone on the edge of the prairie. That was a neat trick!


    The City named a street in her hoinor...WHEN SHE ANNOUNCED SHE WAS LEAVING CHICAGO!

    May 30, 2011 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Operabama who?

    Shes the reason Obama is Pres and well that isn't going so well. Cya Opera I hope they replace your boring show with some more Jersey Shore, FIST Pump FIST Pump GTL GTL GTL !!!!

    May 30, 2011 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
  3. lois clark


    May 29, 2011 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |
  4. j

    tisk tisk... did you all lean NOTHING by all she had to say on her final show?? lets be less mean spirited with one another and just wish her good luck with everything. she was aaawesome! that's cause i hardly even watched her show. but i thought i'd tune in and everything thing she had to saw was very inspirational and true....

    May 28, 2011 at 7:08 pm | Report abuse |

    she is real tomboy NO HUSBAND means TOMBOY T BIRD OF OPRAH...NANANA. NA.

    May 28, 2011 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
  6. manny`

    wow, lots of pathetic humans posting on this board...so sad for you and your useless lives....your parents must be sooo proud....LOL

    May 28, 2011 at 6:24 am | Report abuse |
  7. jacqueline jefferson

    the accomplishment, the time, the education, the effort and the self determination. what she put in work. she listen,learned,and made it in our world. thanks to her i am a better me. It's because of strrong and determined poeple like her that make me strong. I walked that 25 years everyday with her and no one can say her name better than her. She has gave, taken and experienced talk t.v. My grands and their grand will hear her name through-out my family tree. Thank you Ms Winfery for your time and knowledge. (she is in my history book)

    May 28, 2011 at 1:48 am | Report abuse |
  8. Shelley

    Thank you Oprah for all you have done. You help me to face my fears and I learned alot watching your show. God bless you and keep you in his loving arms. Your beautiful Im beautiful! Much Love From North Carolina!

    May 27, 2011 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
  9. baa baa sheep

    that stinky cow, I can't stand her!! it's about f-ing time they cancelled that BS show. Who the hell watches her crap???!!!

    May 27, 2011 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • marrod

      fyi her show was not canceled she chose to leave because she bought her OWN network OK. Don't be a hater. Oprah all the way. She is a successful business woman and you people are jealous.

      May 27, 2011 at 11:45 pm | Report abuse |
  10. sherriejones

    F u stupid bs Oprah is a beautiful woman. Read bout her acomplishments.& not that tablod bs. U wanted talk bout a racist mf lets c ...Jonny Carson. I hate u people always putting race in it.YES IM BLK!!!!!

    May 27, 2011 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
  11. meagain

    OPRAH,OMG Women of america will miss u.I cried like I was in church. For the ones who dont know Oprah has donted toys(,which she hsnded out herself)to Africa. Shoes,medicine,&her time. She even has a school 4 girls in Africa. Read u p on my girl. Stop reading that bs gossip papers& read up on the real thang Oprah's true life. I love u girl hi Gail!... One more thang drop Stedman. Why do u have him around???

    May 27, 2011 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Daniel Troppy

    She is one STYLISH woman.....

    May 27, 2011 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
  13. kat

    She did and gave a lot for others when we barely give a two second thought to giving or volunteering our time. Some may have not enjoyed her show but we're the only ones being hateful and ugly. Not her. I don't agree with every single thing she's ever done or said, but she's only ever had good intentions. You think calling someone a fat ugly pig puts you in a good light? Ridiculous. People make no sense.

    May 27, 2011 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
  14. oprah stinks

    my name says it all

    May 27, 2011 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Jesse

    Thank God that ugly fat pig is off the air. Please go off and die somewhere.

    May 27, 2011 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Observer

    Liberal is nothing more than a self-aggrandized media hack. She will not be missed.

    May 27, 2011 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
  17. pews

    Amazing person.

    May 27, 2011 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
  18. pews

    Oh my g-d. Such mean people. Oprah gave so much. Big loss for tv!

    May 27, 2011 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
  19. jo

    The only reason people watch her crap show is make themselves feel better about their inner racism. Her stupid behind doesn't even realize a majority of her audience hates black people. Hahaha

    May 27, 2011 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
  20. reta

    Will miss her at four oclock wish her the best

    May 27, 2011 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
  21. sid

    I'M SO GLAD THAT BORING SHOW IS OVER WITH!! I was so sick of seeing her stupid fake smile and her insincere compassion, she's so full of it! Good riddance to her crappy show and her crappy self! Let's just hope she stays out of the media, people are such dumb morons for wanting to tune into that tripe garbage everyday!

    May 27, 2011 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Jenerous

    Good riddance to bad rubbish!!! Thank GOD this talentless racist show is over!!!! Wooooooo hooooooo!!!!!

    May 27, 2011 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
  23. denise

    To all you negative comment folks, her show made her a Billionair, she can buy and sell your broke ass like chump change

    May 27, 2011 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
  24. OMG!!

    You people are so sad. You need to get a life.. seriously!

    May 27, 2011 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
  25. pews

    Oprah means so much tO all of us. Love her!

    May 27, 2011 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
  26. pews

    Love love Oprah. Miss u show. She's a lady. What a generous person. Bye and good luck.

    May 27, 2011 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
  27. bluemini01

    Although i didn't love the final episode; i thought Oprah's 25 years on tv was amazing programming. Her work ethic and generosity stand alone. She will always be the queen of daytime. Kudos to her for leaving on top!!

    May 27, 2011 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
  28. paula

    I have enjoyed a lot of her shows, over the years, but her finale was soooo boring. Was so disappointed!

    May 27, 2011 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
  29. jim

    No oprah? No reason to live..

    May 27, 2011 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
  30. tyrone

    all dis talk bout okra leeb bad taste in my mouth! glad she be gone.

    May 27, 2011 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
  31. Joe

    Die already!

    May 27, 2011 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
  32. walt martin

    i was dissapointed. i thought oprah was going to come out of the closet and announce that she and gayle were married.

    May 27, 2011 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
  33. wippilow

    Oprah sucks.

    May 27, 2011 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
  34. LIng Chao

    We see Oprah Show in China. It no good. Stink rike mongorian beef reft sitting out in sun for 2 week. Stink berry baaaad.

    May 27, 2011 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • City Wok


      May 27, 2011 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
  35. YES!

    Na na na na... na na na na... hey hey hey... goodbye

    May 27, 2011 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
  36. isatou bobo jallow

    i love oprah and really wish she has a project to help African woman to come with some thing good like she did in the USA. In terms of free education and those who want to invest in business for African women. love you once more again Oprah

    May 27, 2011 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |

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