Approximately 3.2 million people watched Oprah grill the disgraced cyclist, in his first interview since he was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles after the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency released a report accusing him of doping during his career. This was the second-highest rated telecast in the network’s two-year history.
While this is a good number for ratings-hungry OWN, it still fell short of OWN’s all-time record, the 3.5 million that tuned in on March 12, 2012, to hear Oprah interview Whitney Houston’s family, just a month after the singer died the night before the Grammy Awards.
Still, OWN noted, the Armstrong episode was the highest-rated weekday telecast in the network’s history across key demos; another airing at 10:30 p.m. copped another 1.1 million viewers.
The interview was originally scheduled to just air Thursday, but Oprah said in a “CBS This Morning” interview this week that there was too much material to cut — so a second part of the interview airs Friday night, from 9 to 10 p.m.