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Anderson Cooper — Washington’s new Oprah? The numbers are in. (Update)

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Well, the ratings are in: The debut of “Anderson” clocked one of the lowest household ratings out of all daytime talk shows on Monday, coming in higher only than “The Wendy Williams Show.”

“Anderson,” which kicked off its run with an interview with deceased singer Amy Winehouse’s family, scored a 1.3 household rating in the overnight markets. Though to be fair, it was also competing against coverage of the U.S. Open tennis championship.

“Dr. Oz,” which had the lucky fortune of taking over most “Oprah” timeslots around the country, beat everyone else handily with a 3.8 rating.

Read Post TV critic Hank Stuever’s full take of the episode here.


Attention all Oprah-loving Washingtonians: Monday afternoon, the WJLA 4 p.m. timeslot will officially be given to CNN’s Anderson Cooper for his new daily talk show, “Anderson.”

As noted at Summer TV Press Tour, Cooper isn’t at all worried about his CNN, “60 Minutes” and talk show workload, because, “It’s TV, so it’s not real work.”

Here’s a preview of the first episode, an interview with Amy Winehouse’s family:

Emily Yahr covers pop culture and entertainment for the Post. Follow her on Twitter @EmilyYahr.

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