Lance Armstrong’s Oprah Interview Scores Big Ratings [Details]

Rucuss staffJanuary 18, 2013

Oprah Winfrey scored huge numbers for OWN network Thursday night.

A whopping 3.2 million viewers tuned into part one of the 90-minute Oprah’s Next Chapter. According to Nielsen estimates, 1.1 million watched a repeat that followed. Oprah grilled Lance Armstrong about his past use of performance-enhancement drugs and oxygen-boosting blood transfusions while winning his seven Tour de France titles. He admitted to doping that began in the mid 90s.

“I viewed [taking drugs] as very simple—oxygen-boosting drugs that were incredibly beneficial for performance sports,” Armstrong said. “And that’s all you needed. My cocktail was only EPO—not a lot, transfusions and testosterone.”

When asked why he didn’t come clean sooner, Armstrong said: “I don’t know if I have a great answer. I will start my answer by saying this is too late…and that’s my fault. I view this situation as one big lie that I repeated many times.”

The interview didn’t break a previous record set in March 2012, which 3.5 million tuned in to watch the late Whitney Houston’s daughter Bobbi Kristina. Part two of Winfrey’s interview with Armstrong airs tonight at 9 ET/PT.

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