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Oprah's OWN Network Starts Out Strong!

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oprahs new own network does well on new years day debut

Earlier today, we mentioned that some fans were pissed because they couldn't get Oprah's new OWN network on their basic cable services.

Looks like there's still plenty of people who ARE getting the network, because OWN's New Years debut was pretty impressive!

During OWN's 12-12:30 p.m. debut, the network scored a 0.7 household rating, which is a 555% gain from the same time slot only four weeks ago, when the channel used to be Discovery Health.

Oprah's ratings were even better with the show Season 25: Oprah Behind the Scenes, which landed OWN a 1.0 rating in the 8-9 p.m. time slot and a 0.9 rating at 9 p.m. This marks a 500% jump from the same time slot four short weeks ago.

OWN became the third most-watched cable network during the night of Jan 1 in the 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. time slots.

Not a bad way to get things going, Oprah!

Guess we'll see if she can keep it up.

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25 comments to “Oprah's OWN Network Starts Out Strong!”

  1. 1

    Give it a week or two…

  2. 2

    I think she is getting pretty full of herself!! She starts a magazine and puts her picture on the cover, month after month. Starts her own network and names it after herself. She is quoted as saying "I know what people want". Really, Oprah??? Next you will think you are God. Or do you already???

  3. 3

    Her hype over this new network sounded exactly the same as her hype for every new season for the past dozen years. If you love Oprah, great - because it is always all about Oprah.

  4. 4

    Well I stumbled across it and watched the 25th behind the scenes show and it was interesting…but every time I ran across the station the SAME show was on!!!! not gonna watch it four times!

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  6. 6

    im not watching any more of this money hungry whores shit.
    im sick of you oprah and you are the worst narrator in "LIFE" god this women is condescending.

  7. 7

    I havent gotten it yet!! i want to see this!! Idk what show i saw on the previews but I like the one with Jay-z in it. Ughhhh get on my tv now!!!

  8. 8

    Oprah's still extremely popular and if she can choose the correct programming, I don't see why she couldn't make this a success in the long run. She will never see the massive ratings she scores on her syndicated show and it will never be the top cable network. However, it could be one of the many cable networks "in the mix" very easily. I just hope she doesn't get too indulgent with her choices of personalities to air. Maybe she ought to consider some original scripted programming or purchase rights to a show moving into reruns that would be appropriate. A lot of old sitcoms bring huge numbers and there might be something that works with her lineup.

  9. LCFB says – reply to this


    i am so fucking happy haters are hating, cuz like they matter. stupid whores are posting on a bully blog. so you expect such responses. and yes i am only responding to the haters. go do something with your lives already.

  10. 10

    I have been so over Oprah for a long, long time. She's become so full of herself, self-promoting and condescending. It wasn't enough to have a show with her name, then a magazine with her name (and her face) on every cover. Now she's taken over what had been a great network with lots of entertaining and educational shows and filled it with shows featuring her friends. Vomit. I want to see all the medical shows stay on. Mystery Diagnosis is the only one that I see is coming back. I wish Oprah would concentrate on hoarding her bazillions of dollars and buying some more outrageous mansions for her and Gayle to live in.

  11. 11

    Oh man OWN blows big time. I cannot run for the remote any faster to change that channel. The few show on there are complete rip offs of shows shown on other cable channels. While OWN is part of my cable package I'd trade if for The Cooking Channel anyday. Oprah is so uncool and is slowly becoming irrelevent. Think Ted Turner and CNN.

  12. 12

    I wish her the best! If this were Ellen or Simon Cromwell would it be any different? I hope she uses some of her profits to help children and have programs to get people back on their own two feet. Seeing how she has done in the past she can be very generous to ALL PEOPLE! I bet others are watching to see how she does and bet they will follow suit. Hopefully her shows will have some learning and understanding of our world, plus great entertaining. If anyone can pull this off it's Oprah. At least give her a try.
    Peace Out,

  13. 13

    I understand that "everybody loves Oprah" and blah blah blah, but why'd they have to get rid of Discovery Health for it?!?! That's SO shitty!! It was one of my favourite channels! NOW where am I going to get my info on Tree man, spider girl, and that fat guy in Brooklyn who has delivery men give him food through a bucket hanging out of his window?! Jesus Christ!!

  14. 14

    Her army of drones are on the case. In the meantime, Discovery Health is gone and Dr. G medical examiner has evaporated. I'm so sick of this woman.

  15. 15

    here's what i have to say, i really liked discovery health and i liked alot of the shows i just hope that the shows that i really like are not gone because of oprah . i am not in favor of this at all. in all actuality it really pisses me off that she took over that chanel

  16. 16

    Re: Sister Mary No No – i totaly agree with you

  17. 17

    Even when Perez writes a nice Blog, leave it to the negative hating fans to make negative comments.
    I will read your postings Perez, but I roll my eyes at the stupid B.S some of your Fans write. Very Annoying. Glad you're at least making an effort of being nice and less of a Bully (Still Room for Improvement, but you're on the right track). Hope others follow along. =)

  18. @v@ says – reply to this


    The Oprah Network. I did well to sit through her hour show once in a while.
    If I don't pay for the channel, I'll have no exposure?
    *Dances a jig.*

  19. 19

    Re: LCFB – I have only watched her show once and i have nothing to her about her. but i have a right to express my opinion like u have yours. So don't go saying that haters need to get a life. Let people speak their mind. Just because they express their opinions it doesn't mean their being negative.

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  21. 21

    Big Dyke Oprah just LOVES eating out Gayle's STINKY, SMELLY TWAT!!!

  22. 22

    Sorry but I am not interested enough to pay even a few bucks to watch her network. If I want more Oprah I will read her magazine.

  23. 23

    And I don't pay for her magazine either - I read it while at the salon. Is it just me or does Oprah appear to be getting a bit full of herself? I used to like her a lot more.

  24. 24

    sorry…don't need to watch Dr. Phil and all the other shows that are on my other cable channels. I want Discovery Health back. NOW!

  25. 25

    Oprah is sooooo over. Dear lord I am so over hearing about her. Maybe if she kept up with her projects instead of opening up some schools in Africa rather than throwing money at thee problem and then the schools being ravaged by infidels and corruption I would have some respect for her. However, if it weren't for the dumb housewives and other "homemakers" that follow her religiously, she would have fallen off the grid ages ago. She is an arrogant woman who can't listen to anyone's opinion but her own. It's really kind of sad. Sure, I applaud her for her work ethic and ability to rise to the top into the crazy powerful woman that she is, with more money and connections than she knows what to do with, but she still deserves no more respect than any person with a camera and some sort of determination who can make a decent youtube video.

    P.S. Perez, I don't normally keep up with the Bad Girls Club, but I just watched a lot of season 5 online, including the two part reunion you did with the remaining cast. Those girls are absolutely insane, and those in charge of casting for sure get a gold star. But seriously, I'm more impressed with your ability to not "knock a bitch out" during that entire re-cap of the season… Especially Lea, that girl is ridiculously delusional. She needs some therapy and love from a father figure to curb that aggression. Other than that, TOODLES!