Oprah Winfrey interviews Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.
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Around 17.1 million individuals tuned in for Oprah Winfrey’s Sunday evening interview with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on CBS, in line with the community, citing Nielsen knowledge.
The two-hour sit-down, known as “Oprah with Meghan and Harry: A CBS Primetime Special,” pulled in a 2.6 score amongst adults 18-49. Those numbers are prone to enhance as adjusted knowledge from residence viewing and delayed viewing comes in over the subsequent day or so. Nielsen historically posts the official numbers for Sunday occasions late the next Tuesday.
This is the biggest prime-time viewers for any leisure particular through the 2020-2021 TV season and CBS’ second-most livestreamed occasion outdoors of the National Football League and Super Bowl Sunday.
These preliminary figures are a stable return for CBS, which reportedly paid Oprah’s Harpo Productions a licensing price of between $7 million and $9 million to air the particular. Meghan and Harry weren’t paid to participate in the interview.
For comparability, extra individuals watched the interview than watched September’s Emmy Awards and final month’s Golden Globes mixed. The interview is proof that even in a time of streaming, there are nonetheless occasions that may drive appreciable viewership to conventional community tv.
The interview with Oprah delved deeply into the explanations the couple determined to depart England and step away from their royal duties.
Meghan and Harry addressed what they stated was an absence of help Meghan obtained when she went to the palace for psychological well being points, the denial of safety safety for the couple’s son, Archie, and some royals’ considerations over what Archie’s pores and skin tone can be as soon as he was born.
The parallels between Meghan and Harry’s mom, Princess Diana, had been clear even earlier than the couple made their very own comparisons through the interview. Harry famous that they had been reduce off financially by the royal household in early 2020 and that he and Meghan have solely been capable of get by due to the inheritance his mom left him.
The couple additionally revealed that they received married earlier than the official royal marriage ceremony in a small intimate ceremony and introduced that their second little one, due this summer season, is a woman.