OWN Cancels Rosie O'Donnell Talk Show


OWN has cancelled its low-rated daily talk show hosted by Rosie O'Donnell. The Rosie Show will tape its final show next Tuesday, with the episode airing on Friday, March 30.

"I thank Rosie from the bottom of my heart for joining me on this journey. She has been an incredible partner, working to deliver the best possible show every single day," said OWN CEO Oprah Winfrey, in a statement late Friday. "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 premiered on the 15-month-old cable network last October. The 7 p.m. show drew 1.5 million viewers in its first episode, which was shown across five Discovery-owned networks, but its ratings steadily declined.

In January, OWN attempted to revamp the struggling talker, bringing in a new executive producer in Rachael Ray's Shane Farley and debuting a new, smaller studio set. At the time, it was averaging 200,000 viewers in its timeslot.