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'Oprah's Next Chapter' Interview With Bobbi Kirstina, Whitney Houston's Family Brings In Record Ratings

Posted: 03/12/2012 3:43 pm Updated: 03/12/2012 5:01 pm

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Oprah's cable network got some good news on Monday.

Following the talk show queen's exclusive interview with Whitney Houston's family, including her daughter Bobbi Kristina, "Oprah's Next Chapter," raked in 3.5 millon viewers. The highly anticipated interview was the network's most watched broadcast ever, a ratings record for the one-year-old network.

"Oprah's Next Chapter," which premiered on New Years day, was already a noticeable hit for the young cable network. It's premiere episode brought in 1.1 million viewers, which was a record broadcast at the time.

The record ratings is quite welcome at OWN, which struggled to gain traction in 2011.

Oprah found herself in hot water last month, after she tweeted a message to her followers asking those—"especially with a Nielsen box"—to tune into OWN. Nielsen prohibits its clients from doing anything that could tamper with and/or boost ratings. Oprah issued a public apology and removed the tweet at Nielsen's request.

Some of Whitney Houston's notable television interviews:
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  • 'Sparkle'

    Houston sat down with Access Hollywood in November 2011 to talk about her upcoming film "Sparkle." The film is set to be released in August.

  • Drug Of Choice

    Oprah interviewed Houston in 2009. The pop icon detailed the extent of her drug use while she was with her ex-husband Bobby Brown.

  • 'Crack Is Whack'

    Houston was interviewed by ABC's Diane Sawyer in 2002.

  • 'I Look To You'

    Houston was interviewed by CNN in 2009 to talk about the release of what was widely considered her comeback album, "I Look To You."

  • 'My Music Speaks For Itself'

    Wendy Williams interviewed Houston in 2003 on WBLS-FM.

  • 'My Very Favorite Music, Gospel'

    Rosie O'Donnell interviewed Houston in 1996 before the release of "A Preacher's Wife."

  • Barbara Walters Special

    Barbara Walters interviewed Houston in 1993.

  • Bobby Brown 'Is A Good Man, So He's A Good Husband'

    Houston appeared on UK talk show "Des O'Connor Tonight" in 1992 before the release of "The Bodyguard."

  • 'I Still Don't Think I've Reached My Great Voice Potential'

    Houston was interviewed before the 1992 Grammy Awards by NBC News.

  • 'Either You Have It, Or You Don't'

    Houston was interviewed by Rolling Stone magazine in 1986.


Filed by Rebecca Shapiro  |