Rihanna's sit-down with Oprah, which brought in 2.5 million total viewers, was bested only by Winfrey's interview with Whitney Houston's family in March
Rihanna's sit-down with Oprah Winfrey on Sunday's episode of "Oprah's Next Chapter" definitely proved to be a hit with viewers.
The episode — in which Rihanna discussed her former boyfriend and attacker Chris Brown — yielded the second-best ratings in the network's history.
Sunday's Rihanna interview drew 2.5 million total viewers to OWN, and scored a 2.43 rating among women 25-54 and a 2.49 with women 18-49. Sunday's "Oprah's Next Chapter" is bested only by the March 11 installment of 'Oprah's Next Chapter" featuring members of deceased singer Whitney Houston's family, which drew 3.5 million total viewers.
The Rihanna interview also helped boost the series premiere of "Lovetown, USA," which aired directly after "Oprah's Next Chapter" at 10 p.m. "Lovetown, USA" drew a .79 among women 25-54, tying "Ask Oprah's All Stars" for the network's second-highest premiere numbers. (The maiden installment of "Oprah's Next Chapter" in January 2011 was OWN's highest-rated premiere.)
OWN has now racked up its 31st consecutive week of ratings growth compared to year-ago numbers.