Anderson Cooper's syndicated daytime talk-show will fold at the end of this season. It premiered in Sept. 2011.
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Gary Levin, USA TODAY
Anderson Cooper's daytime TV talk show will not live to see a third season.
The CNN host's talk show is a victim of the low ratings that have plagued it since its debut in fall 2011. Season to date through Oct. 16, Anderson is averaging 1.3 million viewers, down 20% from last fall. That compares with 4 million for top-rated Dr. Phil and 2.4 million for this season's most-watched newcomer, Katie Couric.
"We are extremely proud of Anderson and the show that he and the entire production team have produced," the show's producer, Warner Bros.' Telepictures, said in a statement. "While we made significant changes to the format, set and produced it live in its second season, the series will not be coming back for a third season in a marketplace that has become increasingly difficult to break through."
The show will remain in production, airing new episodes at least through next spring. Warner Bros. is no doubt aiming to entice stations to replace Anderson with Bethenny Frankel's talk show, which it failed to sell last year but is being groomed for a national launch next fall after a six-week test on local Fox stations. Also due is a second talk-show try from Queen Latifah, which has been sold to CBS-owned stations.
Cooper, on assignment covering Hurricane Sandy, will focus on his CNN show, Anderson 360, and his contributing role at CBS' 60 Minutes.