“The Oprah Winfrey Show” finale on Channel 2 WSB-TV Wednesday drew the highest ratings in at least 19 years, based on a sampling of markets that are measured daily.
It will take a bit longer to calculate the nationwide numbers but it may exceed 15 million viewers.
In Atlanta, she drew a 16.1 rating, which is nearly triple her normal number. That comes out to loosely, 600,000 people. The “American Idol” finale, in comparison that same night, drew a 22.6 share or more than 900,000 viewers in metro Atlanta.
WSB-TV debuted its 4 p.m. newscast Thursday to replace her.
Oprah will now move to Los Angeles and focus on her new OWN cable network, which has underperformed since its debut earlier this year.
By Rodney Ho, firstname.lastname@example.org, AJCRadioTV blog