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Lance Armstrong's Oprah Interview Scores Big Ratings

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One person's shame and ridicule is another person's ratings gold!

A whopping 4.3 million viewers tuned in to last night's Oprah's Next Chapter to watch Oprah Winfrey grill Lance Armstrong about his alleged doping scandal, making it the highest rated weekday telecast in OWN history. And that was only part one!

Oprah and Lance Armstrong: The Worldwide Exclusive had the cyclist admitting to doping to win races starting in the mid '90s. "I viewed [taking drugs] as very simple—oxygen-boosting drugs that were incredibly beneficial for performance sports. And that's all you needed. My cocktail was only EPO—not a lot, transfusions and testosterone."

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When asked why he didn't come clean sooner, Armstrong simply said: "I don't know if I have a great answer. I will start my answer by saying this is too late…and that's my fault. I view this situation as one big lie that I repeated many times."

Part two (airing tonight on OWN) will feature more conversations between Oprah and Armstrong about his past use of performance-enhancement drugs and probably more kind-of-saying-sorry but not really.

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