OWN: Rosie O’Donnell’s ‘The Rosie Show’ canceled by Oprah Winfrey Network

By on Mar 17, 2012 in Entertainment, Hollywood, Television, United States Comments

Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) announced on Friday, March 16, 2012 that Rosie O’Donnell’s ‘The Rosie Show‘ has been cancelled, and will tape its last episode this coming March 20.

Oprah Winfrey (left) and Rosie O’Donnell
Image Credit: M. Spencer Green/AP

According to press release by OWN that day, ‘The Rosie Show‘ has been cancelled after being aired since October 10, 2011, or for five months, with its final episode to be aired on 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,” Oprah Winfrey was quoted in the press release.

“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 al.” Oprah added.

“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.” Rosie O’Donnell said; who interviewed Russel Brand for its first episode.

“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 — with gratitude. On we go!” Rosie added, who also interviewed Chelsea Handler and Mariah Carey after she gave birth.

As noted at E! Online, The Rosie Show, which is produced by Harpo Studios in association KidRo Productions, Inc. and SantaBu Productions, was watched by a season-high 497,000 viewers on its first episode.

However, Entertainment Weekly noted that the nightly (Monday-Friday) talk show had fewer viewers over the next episodes and had average steady of around 230,000 viewers, but somehow created a fair success buzz.

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