‘Oprah’ finale draws 16.4 million

    The series finale of "The Oprah Winfrey Show" did amazing among viewers, but it wasn’t her top performer.

    Everyone and their mama was tuned in for the series finale of "Oprah" on May 23, drawing in 16.4 million viewers across the country. According to numbers provided by Nielsen, that makes the episode the highest-rated show among its daytime TV competitors and prime-time shows.

    To give you an idea of what a big deal her last-ever broadcast was, consider the fact that only 12.7 million people tuned in to see the finale of "Lost."

    With more than 16.4 million people tuning in to see Oprah say good-bye, shedefinitely out went on a high note. She averaged 8.2 million viewers for May, but her two-day surprise event respectively garnered 12.3 and 13 million viewers respectively, so we’re sure that nudged last month’s numbers up a bit.

    With such impressive ratings, you might even assume that it was her highest-rated show ever, right? Not quite.

    Surprisingly, according to E! News, Oprah’s most-watched show ever was an episode titled "Why I love Older Women," which aired in 1993. Reportedly it pulled in 17.3 million viewers.

     

     

    —Sonya Eskridge

     

     

     

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