'Oprah Winfrey Show' Fades in Ratings


For over two decades, the dominance of Oprah Winfrey's daytime talk show has just been one of the givens of life, right up there with death and taxes. But now, as the media mogul prepares to leave syndication and launch her own network (the appropriately titled OWN -- Oprah Winfrey Network) she finds herself in a new and unusual position: looking up at the competition.


Yes, believe it or not, 'The Oprah Winfrey Show' is actually struggling in the ratings. According to TV By the Numbers, reruns of 'Oprah' crashed to an all-time low last week, pulling in just a 3.0 rating for the worst figures in the show's 24 year history. And before you blame the rerun factor, consider that during the same week last year the show was also in reruns but still pulled in 23% more viewers.


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