HomePop ConfidentialCelebrityOprah’s Interview With Lance Armstrong Grabs 4.3 Million Viewers Jillian Bowe January 19, 2013 7 Comments Oprah Winfrey’s one-on-one interview with disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong brought in 4.3 million total viewers on its Thursday night debut. The 9-10 pm first portion of the chat netted the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) 3.2 million viewers, while the 10:30 pm second airing of the telecast averaged another 1.1 million viewers. The special was the highest-rated weekday show in the history of the network in all key demos. During Oprah's Next Chapter, Armstrong admitted for the first time since the allegations began, he used performance-enhancing drugs to aid in winning many of his Tour de France victories. The conclusion of Winfrey's sit down with Armstrong aired tonight at 9 pm EST on OWN. Photo of Lance Armstrong by PR Photos 7 Responses SoapyBitch January 19, 2013 Unfortunately one interview does not a network make. This brought the eyeballs, but what else is there on the network that would make them want to stay? Log in to Reply TV Gord January 19, 2013 Poor Lance. He thought this interview was going to be the start of his redemption. This was like watching a man dig his own grave for two and a half hours. I loved some of the looks Oprah was giving him while was clearly making up dialogue in the conversation with his son. He sure made his 13-year-old sound glib and articulate as he strained to find the right words to put in the boy’s mouth. It was a fascinating interview to watch. I’m glad to hear he’s in regular therapy. He needs that a lot more than more television interviews. Log in to Reply blake3b January 19, 2013 It’s sad that she has to do interviews with celebrities like Lance, The Kardashians, and Justin Beiber to get high ratings on OWN. It’s too bad her talk show isn’t on anymore. Log in to Reply Kendall Troy January 20, 2013 Looks like she will need to be in the ring fighting for these types of interviews if she is going to keep OWN relevant. Log in to Reply californiaguy888 January 20, 2013 I went through the trouble of locating the OWN network on my cable service. I watched the interview with Lance Armstrong. While it was interesting, I didn’t feel he was honest with her. As I watched the various promos for her OWN tv shows, I realized that I am not part of her target audience anyway, and found the promos very boring. Educational television has limited appeal I’m afraid. Log in to Reply Marland Fan January 21, 2013 [quote=californiaguy888] Educational television has limited appeal I’m afraid.[/quote] OWN is hardly educational television. Log in to Reply TV Gord January 21, 2013 [quote=Marland Fan]OWN is hardly educational television.[/quote] Well, it’s no TLC, but… Log in to Reply Leave a Reply Cancel Reply You must be logged in to post a comment.