Oprah Winfrey talk show ratings down

2:05 PM PST 09/28/2010 by James Hibberd, AP

For week of Sept. 19, ratings decreased 13% from last year

The final season of Oprah Winfrey's syndicated talk show launched to softer numbers last week, though Queen of Talk continued to earn her title against rivals.

For the week ending Sept. 19, "The Oprah Winfrey Show" drew 7.2 million viewers and a 5.3 household rating -- down 13% from last year.

That's not record low for Winfrey, it's still higher than her premiere week in 2008.

Winfrey continued to top all talk-show competitors, while "Wheel of Fortune" was once again the leader overall.

CBS points out that Winfrey's premiere week last year was higher because it contained three of the show's top-rated episodes from all of last season.
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