OWN’s Armstrong Interview Deflates in Second Airing

Winfrey Sit-Down Draws 1.8 Million Total Viewers 1/22/2013 11:57 AM Eastern

Part two of Oprah Winfrey’s exclusive interview with disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong drew far fewer viewers than part one, averaging 1.8 million total viewers on Jan. 25 at 9 p.m. on OWN, according to Nielsen.

That was a decrease of 44% from the 3.2 million who tuned in to watch Armstrong’s initial confession on a special episode of Oprah’s Next Chapter on Jan, 24 where he first admitted to using performance-enhancing drugs.

The episode still ranked as the fourth most-watched Oprah’s Next Chapter, beating Winfrey’s interview with pastor Joel Osteen, which drew 1.6 million viewers on Jan. 8, 2012. Only Whitney Houston’s family interview, a conversation with Rihanna and part one of the Armstrong sit-down garnered larger audiences.


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