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Oprah Winfrey's finale episode brings in huge ratings

June 9, 2011 Madonna, Tom Cruise, Tom Hanks, Aretha Franklin, Oprah Winfrey

New York City, NY, United States (Celebrity News Service) - Looks like the May 25 finale of the "Oprah Winfrey Show" didn't only bring in the tears _ it also brought in the ratings.

In a report released by the Nielson on Wednesday, more than 16 million people tuned in last month to watch Winfrey's final message of love and self-acceptance during the last episode of her talk show.

To be exact, a whopping 16.4 million viewers watched as Winfrey stood alone on stage with an empty chair nearby as she looked back on her 25 years on television.

Winfrey's two star-studded penultimate surprise episodes, which attracted big stars like Tom Hanks, Aretha Franklin, Tom Cruise and Madonna, averaged about 12.3 and 13 million viewers, respectively.

Although Winfrey's finale episode ratings numbers proved to be a big success, they weren't her highest ever.

E! Online reported that Winfrey's highest-rated episode was aired in 1993, titled "Why I Love Older Women."

That episode drew in 17.3 million viewers.

While Winfrey's final episode ranked number one on Nielson's top 25 syndicated shows for the week ending on May 29, "Judge Judy" came in second place, "Wheel of Fortune" in third and a rerun of "Two and a half Men" came in fourth.

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