Joel Osteen helped push Oprah Winfrey’s channel to the highest ratings the channel has ever had!
The second episode of Oprah Winfrey’s new primetime series “Oprah’s Next Chapter” on Sunday drew 1.6 million total viewers, which puts it as the most-watched telecast on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network.
The episode featured an interview with Pastor Joel Osteen at his home in Houston.
According to Deadline.com, the ratings were up 45% from the premiere in total viewers and 18% in women 25-54. Also, it boosted the second-season premiere of “Oprah’s Master Class” featuring Jane Fonda (930,000 total viewers). It held onto a so-so 58% of its lead-in audience but still hit series highs, up from the series premiere last January.
In the interview, which appeared Sunday on “Oprah’s Next Chapter,” Oprah questioned Osteen about the frequent criticism he receives for talking so much about prosperity and so little about Christ.
“There’s a belief that you’re supposed to be poor, and suffering, and show your humility. I just don’t see the Bible that way,” the megachurch Pastor said. “I see that God came and Jesus died so that we might live an abundant life and be a blessing to others.”
Osteen told Oprah that he and his family do not take any money from the church congregation, and that their income is derived mostly from the books he has written. He said that any fortune he has is a blessing from God and that it enables him to be a blessing to others. When Oprah asked if some were less fortunate than others because they did not pray enough, Osteen disagreed. He explained that many people pray every day but don’t ever consider themselves capable of changing their lives.
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