Oprah WinfreyOprah Winfrey's cable TV network drew more than 1 million viewers on its debut over the weekend.

The new channel, Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN), launched at noon on New Year's Day, The Wall Street Journal said. It replaced Discovery Health in about 80 million homes.

The channel is a joint venture between Winfrey and Discovery Communications Inc (DISCA). Winfrey is betting she can build a loyal following for the new network from fans of her syndicated The Oprah Winfrey Show. The show drew audiences of nearly 7 million people.

At one point on Saturday night, the channel says more women between 25 and 54 were watching OWN than all but two other cable networks. Those networks were Walt Disney Co's (DIS) ESPN and General Electric's (GE) USA.

"The good news is people showed up when they marketed it aggressively and Oprah told them to go out and watch," Rich Greenfield, a media analyst at brokerage firm BTIG, told The Wall Street Journal. "The real question is how capable they'll be of sustaining the ratings over the coming months and years."


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khanamjm

Hi Oprah,

Believe me, my long time wish has come true, i like to talk or write to you since a long, long time, God has blessed you with a pure heart,you try to give pleasur to the people, and sharing your wealth with others, there are not many people like you. My sugesstion to you is this that since lots of people are in need of help, if you please start somthing to help the students, who are unable to go to college or their parents can not afford it, if you help them. your money and your work of NAGLES" will secure the future of good people. my daughter is at the edge of somthing, i will not say it, may God help her. her husband is medical doctor from overseas, came here, but her family did not help him, and he could not done his USMLE, AND NOW WORKING IN A LAB, her children are HONOR stdents, but no there is no money to send them to college, older son is in colege, it's his second year, but have no money to pay the fee, last year he had only noodles to eat, beacuse parents pay for food. i'm grandmother, think about my feeling of helplessness, i do not have money to help them.instead of giving the people cars or paying for sight seeing,please help her, and save their future, that will be the real ART of ANGLES of yours. you are my last hope, and i am not sure if you will see or read my letter. But please, who ever is handing this emails. please take this letter to show it to her.
Thank you, and hoping for good to come.
FK

January 28 2011 at 4:00 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Lois

I have just read many of the comments about Opera's move to take on such a big risk at this point in her liife.
I am 64 and six years ago I followed my dream of having a farm. My husband and I bought 56 acres in the country. Very quickly I amassed over 400 animals from chickens, goats and miniature horses and mini donkeys. I also had emus, a z-donk, mini pigs , rabbits etc. We did have a traveling group for birthday parties and other events that want a traveling ppetting zoo.
Very soon it was so much work and I had to be true to the animals, my husband and my self. I sold everthing and I have this big empty farm. I waited too long to follow my dream.
This is my point for Oprah. There must be things she wants to do and places she would like to go. I want to do the things in my bucket. I hope she has a list for her bucket. I love her wish her the best.

January 24 2011 at 12:02 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Barbara

What channel is she on?

January 07 2011 at 6:01 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
kentakchicago

One Million People when Paul Harvey used to have 30 million listeners. Come on.. Don't make it sound like one million people is a lot............. geez!

Oprah is a bore......... Very Average and a talk show host! She promotes Average.. YAWN

January 04 2011 at 9:22 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
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wfreeberg

This is a new station not a program. She may be a bore to you but she has quite a strong following.

January 05 2011 at 12:07 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply