Despite scathing reviews, Oprah Winfrey’s first reality show, Oprah’s Big Give, debuted to huge ratings Sunday night.
It was watched by an average of 15.6 million viewers, beating its feel-good lead-in, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, which was watched by 14.8 million people.
That’s the “third-most-watched freshman series debut this season,” according to The Hollywood Reporter. And the episode “will rank among the top five new series debuts this season in adults 18-49 and total viewers,” Media Life reports.
There may be trouble for the series, however. It “did fall off from its first to its second half hour, … slipping from 16.3 million total viewers to 14.8 million,” according to Media Life.