OWN cancels “The Rosie Show”

U.S. net OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network is cancelling The Rosie Show at the end of this month, with host Rosie O'Donnell (pictured) saying in a statement: "I wish the show was able to attract more viewers - but it did not."
March 16, 2012

U.S. network OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network is cancelling The Rosie Show, with a final episode set to tape on March 20 and broadcast on March 30.

The show debuted on OWN in October last year, and was been on the air for five months, during which time it has struggled with ratings. In a statement, host Rosie O’Donnell (pictured above) said she wished the show had been able to attract more viewers.

“I loved working with Oprah in the amazing city of Chicago,” O’Donnell said. “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, with gratitude. On we go!”

Oprah Winfrey, the chairman, CEO and chief creative officer of OWN, added: “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.”


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