Ophra big winner in Lance interview

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Ophra big winner in Lance interview

Postby ademort » Fri Jan 18, 2013 22:03 pm

According to Belgian TV Ophra was the biggest winner with her interview of Lance Armstrong. Over 1 billion people worldwide saw the interview and commercials netted a staggering €34 million.
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Re: Ophra big winner in Lance interview

Postby campagone » Fri Jan 18, 2013 23:05 pm

Well I muted and ignored the adverts on Discovery and I didn't spend a penny.

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Re: Ophra big winner in Lance interview

Postby gsk82 » Fri Jan 18, 2013 23:09 pm

sounds like they've been using the same tv ratings agency as those rugby union folk!
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Re: Ophra big winner in Lance interview

Postby Rick Chasey » Fri Jan 18, 2013 23:18 pm

1bn?

No way.

Every man woman and child in both Europe and America is around 600m.

1/7 people watched it across the world?

Nah.

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Re: Ophra big winner in Lance interview

Postby Bakunin » Fri Jan 18, 2013 23:23 pm

I have no doubt that it was a good night for her network, but those numbers seem crazy.

Oprah did well for someone who is not a cycling fanatic.

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Re: Ophra big winner in Lance interview

Postby tommasi » Fri Jan 18, 2013 23:48 pm

Just like when the Superbowl claims these crazy figures, they mean 1 billion could have watched it.

This won't even have been near the Superbowls real figure of 90 million.

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Re: Ophra big winner in Lance interview

Postby iainf72 » Sat Jan 19, 2013 00:13 am

4.5m people watched in the US. About 200K online according to RaceRadio.
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Re: Ophra big winner in Lance interview

Postby RichN95 » Sat Jan 19, 2013 00:37 am

If they included all the people who saw a clip on the news, it still wouldn't be 1 billion.
5 billion of the world's 7 billion live in Asia or Africa and I doubt many of them even know who he is.
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Re: Ophra big winner in Lance interview

Postby iainf72 » Sat Jan 19, 2013 07:58 am

RichN95 wrote:If they included all the people who saw a clip on the news, it still wouldn't be 1 billion.
5 billion of the world's 7 billion live in Asia or Africa and I doubt many of them even know who he is.


Quite

I've not seen any of it. Not watched the news, so maybe that's why
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Re: Ophra big winner in Lance interview

Postby LangerDan » Sat Jan 19, 2013 08:48 am

Viewing figures are measure in a funny way. AFAIK , if you were watching the programme, flicked over to watch "Alaskan Auction Hunters Drink Their Own Urine While Mining Gold" on Discovery +1 during the ad break and then went back to the Oprah interview, you now count as two viewers.
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Re: Ophra big winner in Lance interview

Postby ademort » Sat Jan 19, 2013 08:57 am

Tbh i agree, the figures do seem rediculously high. I live in the Netherlands and it,s just been announced that 122,000 people watched the interview. Of that number it says that 69,000 watched it live and 53,000 recorded it and viewed it later.Here,s the link http://www.telegraaf.nl/binnenland/2123 ... ong__.html
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Re: Ophra big winner in Lance interview

Postby BuckMulligan » Sat Jan 19, 2013 10:59 am

I'm watching a bit of Part 2 on Sky+ now and I can't believe Oprah has gotten such an easy ride out of this. Lance is obviously getting a lot of stick for the whole thing being a choreographed charade, but Oprah is the one sitting opposite him and let's be honest, she's not exactly Jeremy Paxman is she?! Why not just have a press conference and read a statement like Tiger Woods? It would be better than this patronising crap.

The worst thing is, everyone knows she's going to give these disgraced-celebrities-seeking-redemption an easy ride, so she'll continue to be the 'go to person' for this bullsh!t. What a farce.

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Re: Ophra big winner in Lance interview

Postby ddraver » Sat Jan 19, 2013 15:57 pm

Dunno Buck. Someone pointed out that if he'd been interviewed by a Paxman or a Walsh then in all likliehood he'd have gone all alpha male on them and just been a total pr1ck and not answered anything.

Credit to oprah, she asked relevant questions in a way that got him to give some straight answers. It was no secret that he was going to confess to doping but I wasnt expecting as much detail as we got, i.e. Yes we fabricated a TUE to get around the corticoid positive or a admission that the retroactive samples were both his and positive...

I don't think we were ever going to get the whole story this week, but it wasnt a complete waste of time.
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Re: Ophra big winner in Lance interview

Postby EKIMIKE » Sat Jan 19, 2013 16:30 pm

BuckMulligan wrote:...she's not exactly Jeremy Paxman is she?!


Let's compare. Paxman, being the dick he is, would have jumped on the first answer he distrusted and spent the rest of the interview incessantly repeating the question. Any better than Winfrey? Personally, no.

The fact is, a chat show/public interview is the wrong forum for a confession. It was never going to be anything other than a limited confession comprised of calculating and prepared answers. The full story with all the details will only ever be revealed in private and then communicated via a third party or less visible media format (i.e. a book) - it's always the case.

Nevertheless this was an interesting 'freak show' type spectacle that gave an insight into the more subjective elements of the whole Armstrong debacle - i.e. his personality, emotions and reaction to having to come clean as opposed to the hard, objective facts.

It was only ever going to be about the spectacle. It's a PR/media exercise afterall.


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