Meghan and Harry’s Oprah interview scores main rankings

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Oprah Winfrey’s extremely anticipated interview with disaffected royal couple Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, was a significant rankings draw for CBS on Sunday.

A median of 17.1 million viewers watched the two-hour telecast from 8 to 10 p.m. on each coasts, based on Nielsen. The determine is effectively within the vary of the community’s expectations. CBS reportedly paid within the vary of $7 million for the rights to this system and offered 30-second commercials at a charge of $325,000.

The determine falls effectively under Winfrey’s most-watched interview, her 90-minute sit-down with pop famous person Michael Jackson on Feb. 10, 1993. An viewers of 62 million viewers tuned into ABC for that program throughout an period when the printed networks confronted competitors solely from cable, which was then in round 60% of U.S. tv households.

“Oprah With Meghan and Harry” did high Diane Sawyer’s unique with Caitlyn Jenner when the Olympic gold medal-winning athlete got here out out as a transgender girl. That April 24, 2015, interview was watched by 16.9 million viewers on ABC.

The viewers for “Oprah With Meghan and Harry” was spectacular by streaming-era requirements the place viewers have extra selections and the information that they’ll catch clips on the web after a program airs. Appointment viewing exterior of sporting occasions has almost grow to be a relic in recent times, to the purpose the place youthful viewers of Winfrey’s present commented on social media about having to sit down by commercials.

This system lived as much as its promotional buildup, as Winfrey’s skillful questioning elicited a variety of bombshell revelations in regards to the challenges that Meghan and Harry confronted throughout their courtship and marriage as they battled the judgments of the royal household and cruel protection within the British tabloid press.

Meghan, who’s biracial, and Harry additionally revealed {that a} royal member of the family requested how darkish their son’s pores and skin can be. The pregnant duchess mentioned the remedy she obtained drove her to suicidal ideas.

Winfrey, showing Monday on “CBS This Morning,” mentioned Harry requested she reveal that neither of his grandparents, Queen Elizabeth II or Prince Philip, requested the query about Archie’s pores and skin tone.

Tina Brown, a CBS Information contributor, described the interview as “Kryptonite, it is a hand grenade that has been thrown into the center of the establishment. That is immensely damaging.”

“Oprah With Meghan and Harry” is scheduled to air in the UK on Monday evening.

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