Oprah Winfrey’s ‘The Next Chapter’: Oprah’s rolling up her sleeves – and hoping for an ace.

The debut episode of Oprah’s Next Chapter takes her to the New Hampshire home of Steven Tyler. Future instalments have her visiting pastor Joel Osteen’s Houston church and travelling to Haiti with Sean Penn. The show’s premise – Dream It. See It. Share it. Achieve It. And Repeat – taps into the galvanizing grace that is at the heart of Oprah’s appeal.

Up next on OWN:

A Controversial ‘Get’: Jerry Sandusky, the former assistant Penn State football coach charged with sexually assaulting eight boys is angling to plead his case as Oprah’s first high-profile interview in 2012. Winfrey told an audience of cable operators in June that O.J. Simpson and Susan Smith, in prison for the 1995 murder of her two sons, are at the top of her most-wanted list.

Grand Slam: Louder Than a Bomb, a documentary about four Chicago high-school students as they prepare to compete in the world’s largest youth slam poetry contest, premieres on Jan. 5.

Going Pig: Gastown Gamble, a reality series about a couple attempting to resurrect Save-On-Meats (and its neon pig) in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, debuts on Jan. 18.

Neighbourhood Watch: Million Dollar Neighbourhood – Can 100 families in Aldergrove, B.C., raise their collective net worth by $1-million in 10 weeks? Tune in on Jan. 22 for the first episode of this series.

OWN by the Nielsen numbers:

6.7 million

Average daily viewership of The Oprah Winfrey Show in November, 2009, when Winfrey announced she would be ending her syndicated talk show in 2011.

13.3 million

Number of people who watched the final episode of The Oprah Winfrey Show on May 25, 2011.

1.2 million

Number of people who watched Season 25: Oprah Behind the Scenes when it debuted along with OWN Network, on Jan. 1, 2011. Two weeks later, only 557,000 viewers were tuning in.


Number of people who watched the Oct. 10, 2011, debut episode of Oprah’s Lifeclass, in which she recycles old highlight clips with a self-help lesson plan.

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