Oprah Winfrey’s OWN network is enjoying record ratings following her interview with the late Whitney Houston’s family. “The Hollywood Reporter” says Sunday night’s “Oprah’s Next Chapter” was the most-watched telecast in the network’s brief history with three-point-five-million viewers. The hour and a half broadcast also scored a three-point-one rating in the coveted demo of women aged 25 to 54. Sunday’s “Oprah’s Next Chapter” continues a surge in the ratings for OWN. Last month the network posted substantial year to year growth, improving 12 percent in primetime and 29 percent for the entire day.
Last weekend’s “Oprah’s Next Chapter” featured Oprah speaking with Houston’s daughter, Bobbi Kristina, about how she’s dealing with her mother’s death. Whitney’s brother, Gary Houston, and her manager and sister-in-law, Pat Houston, also discussed the singer’s final days and her marriage to Bobby Brown.
Whitney Houston’s 19-year-old daughter continues to try to deal with the loss of her mother. Bobbi Kristina spoke with Oprah Winfrey Sunday night on “Oprah’s Next Chapter” and said she still has a hard time listening to her mom’s music.
Bobbi admitted to Oprah that while she’s getting through the pain, the emotions tend to come in waves. She explained that sometimes it doesn’t feel like Whitney’s gone, although she says she had a very hard time at first staying at her mom’s house. Bobbi said living life in the public eye is a little harder now that Whitney’s not here, but added that she still plans to continue her mother’s legacy by singing and acting. But while she wants to honor her mother, TMZ.com says Bobbi is trying to distance herself from her father. The website is reporting that Bobbi would like to change her name to simply Kristina Houston.
Whitney’s manager and sister-in-law Pat Houston also spoke with Oprah on Sunday night. Pat recalled Whitney’s final few days, including her appearance at a pre-Grammy party. Pat admits that she went out with Whitney that night to keep an eye on the R&B legend, adding that Whitney did get into a confrontation with a contestant on “The X Factor.” Pat adds that while she didn’t think drugs were an issue for Whitney in the days before her death, the singer would occasionally have a drink.
Whitney’s brother, Gary Houston, was also part of last night’s broadcast. Gary spoke about Bobby Brown’s early exit from Whitney’s funeral, proclaiming that he has no idea what happened, but that Bobby was indeed supposed to be there. Gary added that he loved Bobby, but admits he didn’t know if Brown was a good husband for his sister.
Whitney Houston was found dead in a Beverly Hills hotel on February 11th. An official cause of death has not yet been announced. She was 48.