James Hibberd
January 18, 2011 AT 06:48 PM EST


CNN’s Piers Morgan Tonight premiere delivered big gains for the news network.

With Oprah Winfrey as his first guest, Morgan was seen by 2.1 million viewers Monday night.

That’s up 219 percent compared to Larry King Live‘s fourth quarter average in the slot, and the show easily beat MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow Show (1.1 million viewers).

Still, Morgan was edged out Fox News’ Hannity (2.4 million).

In the cable news key demo of adults 25-54, the results were similar: Hannity (600,000), Morgan (521,000) and Maddow (342,000).

During an interview with EW, Morgan listed some celebrities on his “blacklist”– including Keith Olbermann, Howie Mandel and… Heather Mills? Yup. Check out that interview here.

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