The most watched episode of "The View" aired on July 29, 2010 when President Obama visited the show for the first time. On that day, a total of 6.6 million viewers tuned into the daytime talk show.
Obama's visit to the show marked the first time a sitting president had visited a daytime talk show, making it the most popular episode in the show's 18-year run. The second most popular episode was broadcast the day after Obama's first presidential election win on Nov. 5, 2008. The episode drew 6.2 million viewers, and the third, with 5.23 million views, featured coverage of the East Coast snowpocalypse in 2009.
Barbara Walters' final episode as a co-host of The View drew a total of 5.2 million viewers and aired on May 19, 2014. Even though it only ranks as the fourth most watched episode in the franchise, special guests including Oprah Winfrey, Diane Sawyer, Savannah Guthrie and Connie Chung drew major media coverage. The previous episode, airing on May 18, 2014, included all 11 former co-hosts of "The View" returning to bid Walters farewell. The week of televised events is now considered one of the most popular departures of a correspondent from a television talk show.