Oprah’s interview with Meghan and Harry scores 17M viewers for CBS
Oprah Winfrey’s bombshell interview with Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, proved to be a ratings behemoth, drawing more than 17 million viewers for CBS.
A record-breaking 17.1 million viewers tuned into Sunday’s two-hour TV special, according to Nielsen ratings cited by CBS. “Oprah with Meghan and Harry” garnered CBS the largest prime-time audience for any entertainment special since last year’s Academy Awards.
The much-buzzed-about program also drew huge crowds online, with Sunday’s interview getting 12 billion potential impressions. CBS said Monday it was the network’s most-live-streamed event outside of NFL games.
The revelation-heavy TV spectacle made headlines and sent shockwaves worldwide, as the former Meghan Markle and her husband, the sixth in line to the British throne, opened up about their reasons for leaving the United Kingdom for California and stepping away from their duties as full-time working royals.
Meghan, the first mixed race member of the royal family, told Winfrey that conversations about the color of her then-unborn child’s skin were had by those at Buckingham Palace. The California-born former “Suits” actor also claimed, in what she described as a break with protocol, that her son, Archie, wouldn’t receive a royal title or security detail.
Meghan said that, amid scorching media scrutiny, she had suicidal thoughts after marrying Prince Harry in 2018, and that the royal family didn’t give her access to mental health resources.
“I just didn’t want to be alive anymore,” Meghan, 39, told Winfrey. “And that was a very clear and real and frightening constant thought.”
Prince Harry said during the sit-down that he felt “trapped” being in his famous family.
“I didn’t see a way out,” he said.
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