Finale Ratings: 'Oprah' Breaks Record, 'American Idol' Soars

Finale Ratings: 'Oprah' Breaks Record, 'American Idol' Soars

The last episode of the daytime talk show is the highest-rated episode in 17 years, while the final result show of the singing contest is up from last year.

"The Oprah Winfrey Show" finale delivered a highest overnight rating for the program in 17 years. The last episode which aired May 25 received a 13.3 household rating, according to preliminary ratings from Nielsen. That was the biggest since a February 21, 1994 episode titled "People Shed Their Disguises" which generated a 13.4 rating.

The Wednesday installment was the culminate in a three-day farewell episodes of "Oprah". The Monday and Tuesday episodes, which were star-studded, delivered a 10.2 rating and a 10.7 rating respectively.

In the meantime, "American Idol" ended the tenth season with a huge rating. The final result show which crowned Scotty McCreery as the champion averaged 28.2 million viewers with a 8.9 rating in 18-49 demographic. It was up 9% in the demo and 17% in total viewers from 2010.

"Idol" finale also beat "Dancing with the Stars" season ender (20.9 million, 4.5), which aired on Tuesday, by 32% in total viewers. However, "DWTS" finale knocked down "Idol" penultimate episode which aired on the same day.



    May 31, 2011

    larry youre a racist loser

    May 27, 2011

    How is this a record again?

    May 27, 2011

    Oprah goes to her annual check-up and the DR. tells her to remove her clothes…She has never heard this request before but trusts the good Dr. He then tells her to get on all 4′s and go to the far wall and then to the other wall…Finaly Oprah asks the DR. what does this have to do with an exam to which the Dr. replies: Well I’m thinking about buying a big black leather sofa and I wanted to know how it would look before I bought it

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