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With all the hype leading up to Oprah Winfrey’s interview with disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong, her OWN cable network was going to draw good ratings. While the first half of the interview did just that, it fell short of the network’s all-time record.
The first airing of Oprah and Lance Armstrong: The Worldwide Exclusive Part 1, in which Armstrong admitted to doping, drew 3.2 million viewers Thursday night, reports Entertainment Weekly. The network then ran it again immediately after at 10:30 p.m. and drew another 1.1 million viewers.
It fell just short of Winfrey’s interview with the members of Whitney Houston’s family after the singer died. That special drew 3.5 million viewers in March, setting a record for the network. That special also aired on a Sunday night.
The good news is that it was the highest-rated show of the week for OWN.
The interview was originally supposed to be just one night, but Winfrey split it in half. Its second half will air tonight.
During the interview, Armstrong admitted to using banned substances throughout his career, including when he won his record seven Tour de France titles. Those titles were stripped last fall.