OWN cancels 'The Rosie Show'
Bye bye, Rosie.
OWN announced today it will cease production on Rosie O’Donnell’s daily talk show next week after five months on the air. The final episode will air March 30.
“I thank Rosie from the bottom of my heart for joining me on this journey,” said Oprah Winfrey in a statement. “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.”
The Rosie Show, which is taped in Oprah’s old Chicago studio, will tape its last installment March 20.
It premiered back in October to mixed reviews (EW’s Ken Tucker called the talker a “happy mess”) but had trouble finding an audience. After the premiere (which garnered about 500,000 viewers), it lost nearly half its audience within three days, but eventually held steady with around 230,000 viewers. In its time on air, however, it had fair success garnering buzz, with guests like Chelsea Handler, who talked about getting an abortion as a teen, and Mariah Carey, who debuted her post-twin body.