The ratings for Oprah Winfrey's nascent OWN network may not be where she wants them to be, but her sign-off from the syndicated daytime show she's hosted for the past 25 years was the audience-boosting blockbuster fans were expecting.
The final episode of "The Oprah Winfrey Show," which aired Wednesday, delivered the shows' best ratings since 1994.
According to CBS Television, which syndicates the show, Wednesday's "Oprah" finale drew a 13.3 household rating--slightly less than the 14 some had predicted, but a fantastic number, considering television's virtually endless options in 2011.
The final Nielsen ratings are expected to come out later this afternoon. For some perspective, the last episode of CNN's "Larry King Live," drew more than 2.2 million viewers in its 9 p.m. finale on a cable news network; 41 million people watched Johnny Carson's final episode of NBC's "Tonight Show" on May 22, 1992.
As for the reviews, critics had mixed feelings about the emotional farewell, with some coming down on the religious undertones that pervaded it.Read More »from Oprah post-mortem: reviews mixed, but finale draws big ratings