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Oprah Winfrey Network nets big ratings with Armstrong confession

By April MacIntyre Jan 19, 2013, 1:38 GMT

Oprah Winfrey Network nets big ratings with Armstrong confession

A file picture dated 23 July 2003 shows US Postal-Berry Floor\'s Lance Armstrong (L) from the USA congratulating his former teammate and fellow countryman Tyler Hamilton of Team CSC EPA/JASPER JUINEN

Lance Armstrong lied like a rug and took banned substances to enhance his cycling performance.

He "won" the Tour de France seven times using EPO. He doped AND had transfusions, using testosterone, cortisone and HGH (human growth hormone).

It confirmed Armstrong as the most bald-faced lying sack of sh*t and biggest cheat in the history of sports.

Top Ten Reasons to Hate Lance Armstrong: Read

All of this was exacerbated by his relentless legal intimidation and bullying to protect his money as he used the protective shield of LIVESTRONG, a cancer awareness and humanitarian cause.

Armstrong's interview with OWN chieftain Oprah Winfrey devolved into half-truths and selective memory underscored by sanctimonious blather.

The ratings were through the roof: 4.3 million watched.

From OWN

4.3 million viewers watched Oprah Winfrey’s no-holds-barred exclusive interview with Lance Armstrong “Oprah and Lance Armstrong: The Worldwide Exclusive” Part 1 (Thursday, January 17).

The special “Oprah’s Next Chapter” premiere episode (9 p.m.) marked the highest rated weekday telecast in OWN history across all key demos. Additionally, the telecast ranked #1 in OWN history across all key male demos (1.88 M25-54, 1.59 M18-49, .98 M18-34).

Thursday’s interview (9 p.m.) was the second highest network telecast to date garnering 3.2 million total viewers, posting strong triple-digit growth across the key demos versus year ago numbers (+855% W25-54, +931% total viewers). The second airing (10:30 p.m.) earned an additional 1.1 million viewers. OWN’s top telecast is “Oprah’s Next Chapter” featuring Whitney Houston’s family (March 11, 2012; 3.5 million viewers).

The conversation continues tonight as “Oprah and Lance Armstrong: The Worldwide Exclusive” Part 2 airs Friday, January 18 from 9-10 p.m. ET/PT on OWN and will be simultaneously streaming LIVE worldwide on Oprah.com.

In the interview, Winfrey speaks with Armstrong in Austin, Texas about the alleged doping scandal, years of accusations of cheating and use of performance-enhancing drugs throughout his career.

“Oprah’s Next Chapter” Lance Armstrong (Thursday, January 17 from 9-10:30 p.m. ET/PT)

• 9 p.m. ET/PT: 2.10 W25-54; 3,174,523 million total viewers
• Growth versus year ago: +855% W25-54, +931% total viewers
• #1 weekday telecast in OWN history across all key demos
• #1 telecast in network history across all key men demos: 1.88 M25-54; 1.59 M18-49; .98 M18-34.
• 10:30 p.m. ET/PT: .80 W25-54; 1,119,000 million total viewers
• Growth versus year ago: +158% W25-54, +235% total viewers

Source: The Nielsen Company

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