'Oprah Winfrey' Hits All-Time Ratings Low for Week Before July 4th Holiday, Marking the First Time Its Rating Has Dropped Below 3.0 NY Post

"The Oprah Winfrey Show" reached its lowest weekly ratings in the shows 24-year history, dropping below a 3.0 rating for the first time, reports the New York Post

The CBS Television Distribution syndicated show averaged a 2.9 rating for the week of June 28, drawing 3.8 million viewers. That placed it eighth among syndicated shows, but represented 2 million fewer viewers than "Judge Judy," which has surpassed "Oprah" for 14 of the last 16 weeks, the story says.

"Although the ratings for our summer reruns have declined since last year, 'The Oprah Winfrey Show' continues to hold its place as the No. 1 daytime talk show for the last 24 years," a spokesman for the show said. The show has been in repeats since May and the lower ratings came as the July 4th holiday approached, the story adds.