Meghan Markle, Prince Harry’s Oprah Interview Draws Massive TV Rating

TV might be dying, but it isn’t dead yet.

Oprah Winfrey’s Sunday night interview with Prince Harry and Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle drew around 17.1 million viewers on CBS, according to preliminary Nielsen data from the Wall Street Journal.

Seventeen million was impressive in 2010, and near shocking in 2021. For some context, this sit-down outrates the vast majority of live sporting games, even topping the NFL’s 14.9 million average across the 2020 regular season. Harry, Markle, and Oprah more than doubled the average rating for the NBA Finals, which came in at just 7.45 million.

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Interestingly, last night’s interview topped Caitlyn Jenner’s sit-down with Diane Sawyer in 2015, 17.1 million to 16.9 million. Though Sawyer and Jenner’s impressive demo rating among adults 18-49 stood tall with Oprah-Harry-Markle, it drew only half the TV rating, 5.2 to 2.6.

Staying on the topic of royalty, the CBS interview fell short of Game of Thrones‘ series finale with its shattering 19.3 million viewers. It’s safe to say that Jon Snow is a better king (depending on where you are in the show) than Harry a prince, no?

Nevertheless, 17.1 million number only paints a small picture of consumption. Headlines are still pouring in, highlights of the interview are widespread, and many will watch on-demand this week. 

Whether you are Team Meg or Team Piers Morgan, this was a major TV success. 

Written by Bobby Burack

Bobby Burack covers media, politics, and sports at OutKick.


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  1. Boxer is to bobbing and weaving as Meghan is to ______________________.

    A) Picking cotton
    B) Golddigging
    C) Race grifting
    D) B and C

    A is incorrect because you’ll never get any work out of this woman. Neither B nor C is sufficient, as she’s good at both. She’s already captured the ginger prince and by claiming that the Windsors were complaining about the color of the babies, she’s got a multi-generational grift going. She’s got the potential to be the all-time race grifter, surpassing either Jackson or Sharpton. Since “bobbing and weaving” is a compound answer, that’s a hint that a compound answer is correct here. D is the correct answer.

  2. How deluded is this chick, she was a third rate actress who had a small role on a basic cable show and was a suitcase holder on a game show, gets to be a princess and complains about it. Sadly they will never be as poor, miserable and really fucked as they claimed to have been and deserve to be.

  3. I would bet just about anything that the guy is sitting at home every night wishing he was rolling around the world as the prince of fucking Zumunda or wherever the fuck he’s from, getting 10s whenever he wanted. Seemed like he was a pretty well liked dude. Served his country in the military. TMZ would catch him raging occasionally. Then he made the mistake millions of men around the world have made and sold his soul to the P. This chick is straight CRAZEE!

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