The Oprah Winfrey Show finale delivered the highest household ratings in 17 years for the talk show. According to preliminary numbers from Nielsen ( with the Total Viewer numbers forthcoming in a few weeks) Winfrey averaged a 13.3 household rating. That is the largest average since her February 21, 1994 episode titled, “People Shed their Disguises” which helped guests stop hiding behind certain style and grooming choices.
Wednesday’s finale, featured no guests but simply had Winfrey talking intimately to her studio audience (and viewers at home) about lessons learned and what she and the viewers experienced together over the last 25 years.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Monday’s episode, part 1 of the United Center celebration where Oprah was honored by her friends and celebrities scored a 10.2 household rating while Tuesday’s installment, averaged a 10.7. Winfrey’s final moments were a bow to the audience, and then walking through the halls of her Harpo Studios to her enduring staff with hugs and tears, and finally hugging her beloved dog, Sadie stating, “We did it, Sadie!”