Oprah’s OWN Network Cancels Rosie O’Donnell’s Talk Show

Posted on 18 Mar 2012 at 4:34am

O’Donnell’s first big TV project (The Rosie Show) since leaving The View, has been canceled after one season, OWN confirmed Friday.

O’Donnell said in statement;

“I loved working with Oprah in the amazing city of Chicago. 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. On we go!”

And here is the statement by Winfrey !

“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. 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 show’s final episode will tape March 20 and air March 30.

The ratings game was a losing battle for The Rosie Show from day one. The show’s first episode, featuring guest Russell Brand, aired Oct. 10 and was watched by a season-high 497,000 viewers, but the numbers steadily declined over time.As of March 6, the show was averaging 204,000 viewers, according to Variety.