Oprah's Finale Scores Big

Oprah's finale scored big, her replacement has big shoes to fill and her fans pay kindness forward.

By Britni Day
|  Friday, May 27, 2011  |  Updated 9:23 AM CDT
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Oprah's Finale Scores Big

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Oprah may be gone, but her finale and time-slot are not forgotten. 
 
The talk show queen scored high ratings for Wednesday's last episode of "The Oprah Winfrey Show." The finale averaged a 13.4 household rating, meaning around 470,000 Chicago area homes tuned in to watch Oprah take her final bow.  

Even the 11 p.m. repeat averaged a 5.7 rating. Oprah was second only to the finale for "American Idol," which took a 14.9 household rating (or 522,000 homes).

Oprah's time slot already has been filled with the new talk show, "Windy City Live."

A little of Oprah was even left at the studio as her former chef and co-owner of Table 52, Art Smith, led a cooking segment during the replacement show. The new program isn't the only Oprah holdover in Chicago.

Oprah's Ultimate Viewers are reuniting for an "Ultimate Day 'O' Service," the group said Thursday.

The group members met in December 2010 when Oprah Winfrey took 302 "Ultimate Viewers" on a trip to Austrialia. They kept in touch and wanted to pay forward all of Oprah's kindness by giving back to the city of Chicago.

Ultimate viewers planned two reunions, one Saturday to help pets find homes at PAWS on Saturday and assist with a senior breakfast, and one Sept. 10.

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