Oprah Winfrey Finale Reached 16.4 Million Viewers

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Jun. 8 2011, Published 11:35 a.m. ET

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The stats are finally in, and to say Oprah Winfrey has a lot of fans would be an understatement. An approximated 16.4 million viewers tuned in to watch the finale of The Oprah Winfrey Show.

The finale episode of The Oprah Winfrey Show on May 25 averaged 16.4 million viewers, Entertainment Weekly reports.

The good-bye episode will go down in history as the most-watched installment of the beloved daytime talk show in more than 18 years. The 1993 episode “Why I Love Older Women,”aired on Feb. 15, 1993, and raked in an audience of 17.3 million, according to EW.

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For the final week of the show, two repeats and the final three days, Oprah averaged 9.9 million viewers.

It was the highest rated week in more than four years for any show in syndication.

“I’ve been asked many times during this farewell season, is ending the show bittersweet? Well, I say all sweet, no bitter,” Oprah said during her final send-off. “And here’s why: Many of us have been together for 25 years. We have hooted and hollered together, had our ‘AHA!’ moments. We ugly cried together and we did our gratitude journals… I thank you all for your support and your trust in me. I thank you for sharing this yellow brick road of blessings.”


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