Over 1 Million Viewers Catch Premiere of "The Rosie Show"

News   Over 1 Million Viewers Catch Premiere of "The Rosie Show" The new Oprah Winfrey Network series "The Rosie Show," with talk-show host and Broadway veteran Rosie O'Donnell, debuted Oct. 10 to 497,000 viewers on the fledgling network, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Rosie O'Donnell
Rosie O'Donnell Photo by Dana Fineman

The premiere, which aired concurrently across five Discovery Communications networks, was seen by a total of 1.5 million viewers. "The Rosie Show" also drew a 0.44 rating among women ages 25-54.

"The Rosie Show" was followed by "Oprah's Lifeclass," which debuted to 333,000 viewers on OWN and 1.2 million across the five other networks.

O'Donnell films her talk show in Chicago at Oprah Winfrey's Harpo Studios, where "The Oprah Winfrey Show" taped its final season.

According to OWN, "At the heart of this talk show is Rosie’s genuine desire to entertain, inspire and connect with America. As a down-to-earth mother, passionate advocate for children and all-around inquisitive human being, Rosie will cover current events, spotlight hometown heroes and newsmakers, showcase the arts, celebrate kids and families, as well as feature well-known and upcoming talent."

O'Donnell's Emmy-winning talk show, "The Rosie O'Donnell Show," ran from 1996 to 2001. The performer made her Broadway debut as Rizzo in the 1994 revival of Grease! Following Grease!, she went on to play a limited engagement as the Cat in the Hat in the Ahrens-Flaherty musical Seussical, and portrayed Golde in the 2004 revival of Fiddler on the Roof.

For more information, visit www.oprah.com/rosie.

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