‘Oprah With Meghan and Harry’ Ratings Deliver A Royal Flush For CBS; Beat Emmys & Globes Combined
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are no Stormy Daniels and certainly no Michael Jackson, but their sit-down with Oprah Winfrey last night was a royal payoff for CBS.
The two-hour Oprah with Meghan and Harry: A CBS Primetime Special pulled in 2.6 among adults 18-49 and 17.1 million viewers for the network in early numbers.
Or put another way, right now, that’s a better demo and more eyeballs than last September’s Emmys and last week’s Golden Globes put together! In fact, with the exception of the post-Super Bowl debut of Queen Latifah’s The Equalizer, Oprah with Meghan and Harry has been awarded the largest non-sports audience of the 2020-2021 TV season so far.
And remember, those numbers for the Harpo Productions show will likely increase as adjusted data, out of home viewing and delayed viewing metrics come in over the next day or so.
In terms of audience, the Royal interview snagged exactly the same viewership as Diane Sawyer’s 2015 sit-down with the then transitioning Bruce Jenner. That 20/20: Bruce Jenner – The Interview had a 6.8 rating in the key demo in the final numbers. In early data, the Jenner interview had 16.9 million viewers – which means Harry, Meghan and Oprah are on track to best it.
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President Joe Biden's Covid-19 response team is holding a news briefing Monday on the coronavirus pandemic, which has infected more than 28 million Americans and killed at least 525,035 in a little over a year.
On Friday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a study that found easing mask mandates and reopening restaurants have led to a rise in Covid-19 cases and deaths. The study found that mask requirements were associated with a more than 1 percentage point decrease in the daily growth rate of Covid-19 cases and deaths 20 days after their implementation.
Top U.S. health officials, including Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky, are warning against rolling back public health measures too soon. They say it could reverse the current downward trajectory in infections and delay the nation's recovery from the pandemic.
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But, you know what’s even better? Seeing this holiday get co-opted by #brands interested in making capital-s Statements about #equality. Like when a massive snack brand says they’ll donate some of their proceeds from the day to a charitable organization but won’t give their employees adequate parental leave. Or when a big corporation makes a statement calling for a closing of the wage gap but has zero women in its C-suite.
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