Lindsay Lohan Comeback Stalled? OWN Interview Attracts Few Viewers
UPDATE: OWN claims the interview actually pulled in 1.8 million viewers over two airings.
EARLIER: Perhaps Oprah Winfrey should listen to our advice to stick to acting after all. Just days after her new movie, Lee Daniels' The Butler, topped the box office with $25.01 million, Nielsen numbers have revealed the total take of her much-anticipated and much-touted interview with Lindsay Lohan on the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN). And the verdict? Well, seems people are much more interested in Winfrey than the embattled Mean Girls actress.
Lohan's interview pulled in just 892,000 viewers Sunday night, falling way under final numbers for other Sunday night cable programs, like Breaking Bad (which averaged 4.8 million viewers) and True Blood (whose Season 6 finale attracted 4.1 million viewers). And, it fell far below Winfrey's last headline-making interview with seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong, who admitted in front of 3.1 million viewers that he had used steroids during his (now disgraced) cycling career.
Lohan's numbers are no doubt a disappointment for OWN, who was banking on the actress to help continue the network's new profit-making status. Not only was the network hoping for big numbers for Lohan's tell-all interview, but OWN is also airing an eight-part documentary series centered on the actress, who starred in Parent Trap, Freaky Friday, and Mean Girls before a hard-partying lifestyle imploded her career.
But, Oprah, it seems we really prefer it all to be about you.