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Pregnant Man Scores Ratings Highs for Oprah

The Oprah Winfrey Show Thursday, April 3, Scores 6.5 Rating/17 Share Primary Weighted Household Average 4/08/2008 04:05:00 AM Eastern

A highly-publicized episode of CBS’ The Oprah Winfrey Show that featured Thomas Beattie, a transgendered man who is six months’ pregnant, and his wife, Nancy, was the show’s eighth-highest-rated of the season, according to CBS Television Distribution.

pregnant man on The Oprah Winfrey Show

The show, which aired Thursday, April 3, scored a 6.5 rating/17 share primary weighted household average, doubling its lead-in average of 3.2/9. The show did best in St. Louis, where it hit a 15.9/30, and Minneapolis, where it averaged a 10.2/28.

Oprah collaborated with People magazine on the controversial episode. Beattie, 34, grew up female but transitioned to life as a man 10 years ago. While Beattie did have testosterone treatments and breast-removal surgery, he kept his reproductive organs intact because, he told Winfrey, he “always wanted a child.”

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