After a strong opening at the beginning of the year, ratings for OWN, the cable network joint venture of Oprah Winfrey and Discovery Communications, have declined, with shows with Winfrey’s name in the title remaining its strongest performers, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
For its second week, ratings for OWN fell about 20 percent among its target demo of women over 25 years old, according to the New York Post. The average audience in prime time was 310,000 people.
Looking at total viewership, the network’s highest-rated shows are top-rated “Season 25: Oprah Behind the Scenes,” as well as “Your OWN Show: Oprah’s Search for the Next TV Star” and “Ask Oprah’s All Stars,” it said.
Discovery and Winfrey have predicted bumps in the road, and most experts expected ratings to come down from a strong start.
“Oprah Behind the Scenes” saw more than 1.1 million viewers tuning into the first two episodes on New Year’s Day, but by last week’s episode, the show’s viewers were cut in half to 557,000, according to the Post.
Gayle King’s daily morning show, a simulcast of her satellite radio show that launched last week, is off to a slow start, with viewership dropping from 154,000 on its first day to 86,000 on day five, according to the Post.
Reruns of “Dr. Phil” are doing better, averaging 250,000 viewers, the paper said.