'Oprah' finale gets largest audience in 17 years

May 26, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
The finale of "The Oprah Winfrey Show" garnered its largest audience in 17 years, according to preliminary figures.

The final episode scored a 13.3 household rating in the nation's metered markets, the Nielson Co. said Thursday.

That number was the highest since February 1994, when an "Oprah" episode called "People Shed Their Disguises" got a 13.4 rating.

Metered market ratings measure roughly half the nation and can't be translated into audience figures. A viewer count for the "Oprah" finale won't be available from Nielsen for two weeks.

The metered market rating for Monday's surprise farewell episode of "Oprah" logged a 10.2. Tuesday's episode got a 10.7.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.