OWN Axes The Rosie Show
OWN has canceled Rosie O'Donnell's talk show The Rosie Show, the network announced Friday.
The talk show debuted in October to an average of 497,000 viewers, a number that fell to an average of 204,000 viewers last month. The Rosie Show will tape its final episode on Tuesday, which will air on Friday, March 30 at 7/6c.
"I thank Rosie from the bottom of my heart for joining me on this journey," Oprah Winfrey said in a statement. "She has been an incredible partner, working to deliver the best possible show every single day. As I have learned in the last 15 months, a new network launch is always a challenge and ratings grow over time as you continue to gather an audience. I'm grateful to Rosie and the dedicated Rosie Show team for giving it their all."
Rosie O'Donnell relocating her OWN show from Chicago to New York
The news comes less than two weeks after reports that O'Donnell was planning to move Rosie from Chicago to New York, where she would be close to home and it would be easier to book guests on the show. O'Donnell's original daytime talk show was based out of Rockefeller Center studios in New York City.
"I loved working with Oprah in the amazing city of Chicago," O'Donnell said. "I was welcomed with open arms and will never forget the kindness of all I encountered. It was a great year for me — I wish the show was able to attract more viewers — but it did not. So I am headed back to my home in New York — with gratitude. On we go!"
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