How many people watched the Prince Harry, Meghan Markle bombshell tell-all interview conducted by Oprah Winfrey Sunday night.
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The answer: Some 17.1 million Americans tuned in.
Sportsbooks across the globe offered odds on whether the broadcast would be the most watched of 2021.
While a hit, this year’s Super Bowl attracted 96.4 million viewers, and that was considered low. In fact, Super Bowl LV was the lowest watched Super Bowl since 2007, when the Indianapolis Colts played the Chicago Bears.
The Royal interview was the biggest audience for any entertainment special since last year’s Academy Awards. The news sent shares of parent company Viacom CBS to an all-time high.
In the first public interview since Princess Harry and his wife stepped back from the British royal family a year ago, there were accusations of racism towards Meghan, a former American actress who is of mixed race, and claims Buckingham Palace failed to protect the couple from attacks in the UK press. The situation had become so intense, a teary eyed Meghan confessed to Winfrey that it drove her to suicidal thoughts.
“I just didn’t want to be alive anymore,” she said.
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