About 2.1 million watch Piers Morgan and Oprah Winfrey go mano a mano on CNN
[This blog post has been updated with ratings]
About 2.1 million people watched Piers Morgan and Oprah Winfrey's death match on the unveiling of Morgan's new CNN show "Piers Morgan Tonight" in Larry King's old timeslot.
About a quarter of them -- 521,000 -- fell into the 25-54 year old age bracket. Those viewers are the bread and butter of news programming.
Piers and Oprah were no match for Sean Hannity and Sarah Palin, who did their own tango on Fox News Channel's "Hannity" and copped a crowd of 2.4 million viewers.
But Oprah and Piers did outstrip Rachel Maddow on MSNBC; she averaged 1.1 million viewers.
In the Plus column, Piers's opening audience represents a 219% increase compared to CNN's 4th quarter average in the timeslot.
But Larry King's last hurrah, on December 16, had attracted a larger average audience than did Piers in his first at-bat as a TV news talk show host. Larry's last stand had averaged 2.25 million viewers. To be fair, while Piers had Oprah, Larry had Ryan Seacrest (Larry also had, briefly, Donald Trump, Arnold Schwarzenegger and President Barack Obama).
Piers and Oprah pretended they really liked each other while grappling to seize control of the first "Piers Morgan Tonight" on Monday.
Meanwhile, if you missed it, here's a taste of Oprah on "Piers Morgan Tonight"
Lisa de Moraes
| January 18, 2011; 2:00 PM ET
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