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Oprah's Weight Confession Wins Viewers

Oprah’s first new episode of the New Year, in which the talk-show queen discussed how she felt about gaining 40 pounds and what she plans to do about it in 2009, was the show’s third-highest rated episode of the season.

The episode averaged a 5.7 household rating/13 share in the primary metered markets and a 3.2 rating/7 share among women 25 to 54, according to CBS Television Distribution.

The episode marked the first of a week-long “Best Life” series. Next week, the series goes online with live Webcasts at featuring Oprah and her hand-selected health experts, including personal trainer and nutritionist Bob Greene, Dr. Mehmet Oz and others. The same experts also will speak on XM Satellite’s Oprah & Friends channel throughout the week.