If this was 1986, The Oprah Winfrey Show would have just been broadcasted nationally for the first time and I would still be waiting for my mother to even think about having me. Ironically, that was probably because she was too busy tuning into The Oprah Winfrey Show, everyone’s new favorite talk show. Oprah’s show went on to become the highest-rated talk show in TV history, making her one of the most powerful people in show business and the most influential woman in America. Rewind to two years before, she was hosting a low-rated talk program in Chicago in 1984. After winning more ratings for the program, she landed a deal with King World, which was simply history in the making because that’s what led to her own show being broadcasted nationally.
In 2008, the poor girl from Mississippi was being watched by an estimated weekly audience of 46 million viewers in the U.S and broadcasted in 134 countries. The Oprah Winfrey Show ended in May 2011, a few months after she decided she not only wanted her own show, but a whole damn network – The Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN).
Happy Show-Goes-National-Versary, Oprah Winfrey!