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Oprah interview with Armstrong draws 3.2 million American viewers

  • Oprah Winfrey's exclusive interview with disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong was watched by around 3.2 million Americans.

    The figure is the second highest audience for her struggling cable channel.

    The chat show queen quit her daytime television show in 2011 to launch the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN), a joint venture with Discovery Communications.

    OWN’s most-watched telecast was Winfrey's interview with the family of the late Whitney Houston in March 2012, which attracted 3.5 million viewers.

    The first, 90-minute part of Winfrey's interview with Armstrong was broadcast on Thursday and streamed live on Oprah.com. Armstrong admitted to taking performance enhancing drugs during all seven of his Tour De France races.

    A second, hour-long part of the interview was aired on Friday evening.