Lance Armstrong Draws 4.3 Million Viewers to OWN

Plus, Oprah Winfrey's interview with the cyclist earns network its highest ratings ever among men.

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The first part of Oprah Winfrey’s interview with Lance Armstrong on Thursday, in which he admitted to using performance-enhancing drugs, nabbed big numbers for OWN.

The much-anticipated special episode of Oprah’s Next Chapter attracted 3.2 million viewers to its 9 PM premiere and an additional 1.1 million viewers to the repeat airing at 10:30 PM.

The special also attracted the network’s highest male audience ever ranking No. 1 for males in all demographics, including the advertiser-coveted 18-49-year-old demo.

The interview ranks second only to Winfrey’s interview with the late Whitney Houston’s family in March 2012, which earned 3.5 million viewers to its first airing.

Oprah and Lance Armstrong: The Worldwide Exclusive Part 2 airs Friday at 9PM on OWN.

Do you the debut audience will return for Part 2?

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