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10 TV Shows That Have Gained a Global Audience


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The Oprah Winfrey Show
"The Oprah Winfrey Show" airs in 156 countries, including Niger, Malaysia and Vietnam.
"The Oprah Winfrey Show" airs in 156 countries, including Niger, Malaysia and Vietnam.
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For more than two decades, "The Oprah Winfrey Show" has been wildly popular, not just in the United States, but internationally. But even the daytime diva has had her problems. For the past several years, the show has been struggling in the ratings both in the United States and abroad. When Oprah announced in 2010 that she was stopping production, her ratings crashed to an all-time low [source: Harris].

The trend has been playing out for the past few years. In 2008, Oprah's numbers dropped by 7 percent over the previous year, from 7.8 million to 7.3 million viewers a day [source: Cockroff]. Despite her sagging ratings, Oprah is still immensely popular abroad. She has a very loyal fan base among women. Her guests, such as British singing sensation Susan Boyle and Bollywood film stars, have always given The Oprah Show an international flavor. "Oprah" airs in 156 countries, including such far-off places as Niger, Malaysia and Vietnam [source: oprah.com].


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