Last night, 3.2 million viewers took a break from discussing and ridiculing Manti Te'o (a young adult in college who seems to have made a dumb, but forgivable, mistake) to watch Lance Armstrong finally come clean to Oprah Winfrey about his decade-plus spree of lying to everyone about doping, while suing anyone who (apparently) told the truth about his performance. If you want to ridicule someone, ridicule the grown man who threw EVERYONE under the bus, not the foolish 21-year old.
The large rating was not an OWN record, though it came very close. It was 300,000 shy of the record, which was set by an interview done by Oprah on the network's flagship program, 'Oprah's Next Chapter.' The record was set in March during a discussion between Oprah and the family of Whitney Houston following her death, which drew 3.5 million viewers.
The bronze medal belongs (not Armstrong anymore, as he was stripped of that too) to Rihanna, whose August appearance was watched by 2.5 million viewers.
In addition to the 3.2 million who watched it in its first airing, another 1.1 million viewers tuned in at 10:30 p.m. to watch the encore.
Normally 'Oprah's Next Chapter' airs on Sunday, so this broadcast was the best ever for the network during the week.
The second part of Armstrong's confession airs tonight at 9 p.m. on OWN. Will you be watching? Did you watch the first part?