Exclusive: 'Ricki Lake' Won't Return for Season Two
Show to end production March 28
By Paige Albiniak -- Broadcasting & Cable, 2/4/2013 1:22:43 PM
"We would like to thank Ricki Lake as well as executive producer Gail Steinberg and the entire staff for their work this season," said Stephen Brown, Twentieth's executive VP of programming and development, in a statement. "While we are proud of the topics the program tackled including childhood obesity, life after the military, divorce and addiction, we were simply not able to break through the crowded talk show marketplace."
"I am so proud of the shows we completed this season, sparking important conversations about everything from raising children to mental illness to suicide prevention to coming out," said the show's host, Ricki Lake, in a statement. "I will continue to be an active and passionate voice for subjects that are close to my heart through a variety of platforms."
Ricki Lake premiered in September, along with several other new talk shows: Disney-ABC's Katie, NBCUniversal's Steve Harvey and Trisha Goddard, and CBS Television Distribution's Jeff Probst. Three of those shows -- Katie, Steve Harvey and Trisha Goddard -- will return next year, with Katie and Steve Harvey both having entered the market with two-year deals in the majority of the country. Jeff Probst isn't expected to continue into next season, but there has been no official word from CBS yet. Twentieth also last week renewed its other rookie, entertainment magazine Dish Nation, for a second season.
Season-to-date, Ricki Lake has averaged a 0.7 most current household rating. In the metered markets, the show is down 30% from its 1.0/3 lead-in and down 42% from its year-ago time period average. Ricki Lake joins Warner Bros.' Anderson Live and Debmar-Mercury's Jeremy Kyle on the list of syndie talkers that won't return next year.
We'll be seeing 2 new talkers in 2013-14... Bethenny and Queen Latifah... news-magazine show OK! TV has been green-lighted, but not sure if it'll be a companion show to 1 of the existing news-magazine shows, or a stand-alone show. Not sure yet if CTD plans on keeping Entertainment Tonight companion OMG! Insider. I don't anticipate Jeff Probst getting a 2nd season either.
Warner Bros. and NBCU have yet to officially renew Ellen. Judge Judy and Dr. Phil were renewed through 2015 and 2017, respectively.
Eric - 2/4/2013 8:08:10 PM EST
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