“The Oprah Winfrey Show’s” post-election program Wednesday took in its highest ratings in metered household markets in almost nine months.
The show drew a 6.5 preliminary household rating in 56 metered markets, which is also a season high.
Ms. Winfrey, who was a prominent member of the crowd at President-elect Barack Obama’s celebration speech in Grant Park on Tuesday, endorsed Sen. Obama’s bid for the presidency but vowed to remain mum on the subject on her show.
At the start of the show, Ms. Winfrey told loyal viewers who might have voted differently than she did that she understands how disappointed them might be today.
“I’m telling you, if this were not the outcome, I’d be doing this show from Northwestern Hospital with a drip today,” she joked.
Wednesday’s show featured as guests political consultant David Gergen, Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., journalist Gloria Steinem, columnist Peggy Noonan and author Henry Louis Gates.