Friday, May 6, 2011


As Oprah’s final episode of her award-winning daytime talk show approaches, executives are lining up a star-filled cast to bring in what is almost guaranteed to be a record number of viewers. With the anticipation of millions of potential consumers tuning in to see Oprah’s farewell, advertisers are reportedly coughing up $1 million bucks for a 30 second spot. That would place The Oprah Winfrey Show finale among some of the most expensive within the last 20 years. Other top rated finales include NBC’s Friends back in 2004, which sold 30 second ad spots for $2 million and Seinfeld back in 2005, where ads went for $1.42 million.
It’s estimated that Oprah will draw a minimum of 20 million viewers for her last episode, making her $1 million commercials the most expensive since CBS’s Everybody Loves Raymond six years ago.

 Oprah is the only black person to be featured in any of the shows listed. There isn’t even a cast member on any of the NBC or CBS shows that took those top spots. Earlier reports claim that her network is struggling and not bringing in enough viewers, but Lady O has a proven track record; failure is not an option.
Her last show will be on air on May 25.
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