So, I’m supposed to be helping Twinkle write little poems for Josh’s Advent Ribbon, which means, of course, that I’m surfing the web and listening to Rush, instead. And he posed a really good question.
What happened to Oprah?
Two years ago, she had the biggest show going. Nobody could touch her. Her ratings were through the roof, shows that followed her enjoyed crazy hot ratings as well, simply by being on right after she was on.
And then she quit. Closed the doors to Harpo Chicago. Loaded up the truck and moved to Beverly. Hills, that is. Started “her own network”. And crashed and burned.
The network floundered. They brought in Rosie O’Donnel, to no avail. They tried this format and that style. Nothing. Fired a bunch of people. O herself took over the reins. Nothing. She even returned to do an hour-long show, just like she used to. And STILL nothing. The network continues to flounder.
So what happened? How can you go from
King Queen of the Hill to Flop, overnight?
Rush, of course, is encouraging conspiracy theories, including posing the idea that Nielson (the ratings company) skewed the results for however many years, making her appear more popular than she was.
I don’t think that’s the case. I think people watched her show out of habit, and when it wasn’t there anymore, they found another show (Hello, Ellen) or didn’t tune in at all. And the show on cable just didn’t feel the same. But that’s just speculation.
What do you think?