The Word: Lohan fails to bring in the ratings for Oprah
Despite all the buzz and build-up, Lindsay Lohan’s much-discussed sit-down with Oprah Winfrey failed to produce much in the way of ratings. The one-hour special averaged 892,000 viewers during its premiere, with an average of 504,000 viewers tuning in for the encore broadcast that immediately followed.
By contrast, Winfrey’s interview with Lance Armstrong in January pulled in 4.3 million viewers, breaking records for her OWN network. The Lohan special came in only slightly above normal.
When asked why Armstrong, who had his seven Tour de France titles stripped last year, had agreed to an interview that lasted more than two hours, Winfrey said: “I think he was just ready.”
“I didn’t get all the questions asked, but I think the most important questions and the answers that people around the world have been waiting to hear were answered,” Winfrey told CBS.