Hot off her interview with Rihanna on Sunday night, Oprah Winfrey is looking to book the next big ‘get’. Given that OWN’s two highest rated shows focused on musicians, it’s a savvy move to look at someone in the music industry. Oprah’s sit-down with RiRi garnered 2.5 million viewers, netting the network’s second highest ratings. Only Winfrey’s exclusive chat with Bobbi Kristina after Whitney Houston’s death generated higher ratings with 3.5 million. Producers are trying to book a certain embattled singer, but unfortunately she’s denied their request, as revealed by O on her Twitter. Have any guesses on who?
Before I reveal who it is, I quickly wanted to congratulate Oprah and her team for turning the beleaguered network around. It’s definitely not a huge success yet, but it’s certainly on the uptick. OWN just notched its 31st consecutive week of total day growth across all key demos versus year ago numbers. It’s up double digits in both primetime and total day for the year as well.
The momentum is definitely helping launch successful new shows. Lovetown which premiered after the Rihanna interview, bowed as the second highest premiere on the network ever. The show is conducting a unique social experiment on love focusing on residents of a Georgian town. Critics and naysayers ready to write off the network, forgot the O factor. With her devoting all her efforts on the network now, there is no way she’s going down without a fight.
OWN 3Q 2012 to date
- Prime growth versus year ago: +35% W25-54, +36% total viewers
- Total Day growth versus year ago: +60% W25-54, +59% total viewers
- Prime growth versus year ago: +15% W25-54 and +15% total viewers
- Total Day growth versus year ago: +36% W25-54; +33% total viewers
The artist rejecting Oprah’s invitation to appear on Oprah’s Next Chapter is none other than Lauryn Hill. That would be one interview I would love to see. The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill singer has faced numerous troubles since her Grammy Award-winning album. Rumors swirled that she was mentally unstable and in recent weeks has made headlines for facing possible imprisonment. Reportedly, she didn’t file federal taxes for over three years and could face up to three years in prison.
Last summer, she had some baby daddy issues. Rohan Marley who is the father of her first five children did not father her sixth child. At the time, people had assumed they were still together since there was no public confirmation they had split. Since then, they have parted ways with Marley engaged to Victoria’s Secret model Isabeli Fontana now. Hopefully, the 37-year-old former Fugee changes her mind. I just adore her and to this day, “Ex-Factor“, “Doo Wop (That Thing)“, “Everything Is Everything” still gets played on my iPhone.
Why do you think Lauryn Hill is denying Oprah’s request? Is she afraid that Winfrey will break her? Perhaps, she’s just to frail and afraid to have a public breakdown. Thoughts? Sound off below.