Aw. Not only can fire melt steel, but poor ratings can melt a career:
With dismal ratings on the little-watched network, Oprah Winfrey pulls the plug on O’Donnell’s five-month-old talker.
OWN has pulled the plug on Rosie O’Donnell’s five-month old talk show.
The daily show will tape its final episode on Tuesday, March 20 to air on Friday, March 30 in its 7 p.m. time slot. The news of its demise comes two months after the ailing network announced it had hired Shane Farley (Rachel Ray, Rosie O’Donnell Show) to replace Page Hurwitz as the show’s executive producer and would move Rosie into a significantly smaller 70-seat studio. The latter was a bid to inspire a sense of intimacy and lower costs on a series that is averaging 190,000 viewers.
So they fired some producers, hired some new ones, shrunk the studio, and still couldn’t get it going. Perhaps the problem was with the host all along. And the network.