'Oprah' Finale Scores Biggest Audience In 17 Years

Oprah Winfrey waves goodbye to her fans on the last show episode of "The Oprah Winfrey" show on May 25, 2011 Oprah Winfrey waves goodbye to her fans on the last show episode of "The Oprah Winfrey" show on May 25, 2011

Preliminary figures show Wednesday’s finale of “The Oprah Winfrey Show” scored its highest audience in 17 years.

The Nielsen Co. said Thursday that the final episode delivered a 13.3 household rating in the nation’s metered markets.

It was the highest number since February 1994. That’s when an “Oprah” episode called “People Shed Their Disguises” got a 13.4 rating.

Metered market ratings measure roughly half the nation and can’t be translated into audience figures. A viewer count for the “Oprah” finale won’t be available from Nielsen for two weeks.

The metered market rating for Monday’s surprise farewell episode of “Oprah” logged a 10.2. Nielsen said Tuesday’s episode got a 10.7.

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