Oprah Winfrey Interview With Lindsay Lohan Draws Modest Ratings

Oprah Winfrey's interview with troubled actress Lindsay Lohan Sunday night was a modest rating success for OWN.

The Aug. 18 episode of Oprah’s Next Chapter averaged 892,000 viewers, the second-biggest Sunday night telecast of Winfrey's interview series since a December 2012 interview with Usher generated 1.5 million viewers, according to network officials.

Winfrey other highly rated interviews include a March 2012 interview with the late Whitney Houston’s family which generated 3.5 million viewers, and a January 2013 interview with disgraced cycler Lance Armstrong which drew 3.2 million viewers.

Overall 1.8 million people combined tuned into the episode premiere and an encore airing on Sunday, said network officials.

R. Thomas Umstead

R. Thomas Umstead serves as senior content producer, programming for Multichannel News, Broadcasting + Cable and Next TV. During his more than 30-year career as a print and online journalist, Umstead has written articles on a variety of subjects ranging from TV technology, marketing and sports production to content distribution and development. He has provided expert commentary on television issues and trends for such TV, print, radio and streaming outlets as Fox News, CNBC, the Today show, USA Today, The New York Times and National Public Radio. Umstead has also filmed, produced and edited more than 100 original video interviews, profiles and news reports featuring key cable television executives as well as entertainers and celebrity personalities.