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Oprah Dumps Rosie

by Sergio
March 17, 2012 8:56 AM
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Forget all those reports that Rosie O'Donnell's talk show on OWN was relocating from Oprah's Harpo Studios in Chicago to New York. Even I reported that here last week.

Turns out the show is going nowhere. Rosie's show was offically cancelled by OWN yesterday.

Tha fact of the matter was that nobody was watching the show, averaging about 200,000 viewers per episode. Compare that to OWN's very popular reality show Welcome to Sweetie's Pie which begins its new season on March 31. According to one media souce, that show was pulled in over 6.1 million veiwers since that series began.

Oprah, in an official statement, was gracious and thanked Rosie: “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.”

But the fact of the matter is that Rosie is an "acquired taste" with limited appeal, and, as I predicted on S & A, when her show began, that it wasn't going to last long. And you know, sometimes I'm right. 

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  • Johnny | March 20, 2012 11:53 AMReply

    Rosie is a bit disturbing to look at. He sort off looks like a woman.

  • Shuny | March 18, 2012 5:35 PMReply

    Yes, I am on the right boards unless you have to be blinded by Oprah's light to be here. If you would just listen to the drivel pouring out of Oprah's mouth you would agree. I have often wondered about the IQ of her fans who gobble up every lie and stupid comment as if it were true. As for creating Dr. Phil and the others, it is true. She touted them on her show and lo and behold her fans hold them up as icons. Each has spewed so many half truths it shocks me they are still on. Suze, does that rhyme with ooze?, has recently shown her true colors. She's not giving good advise but selling her product. Dr. Phil lost his license to practice in Texas and Dr. Oz is frequently on the fringes of good medicine with his advise.
    I stand by the fact that Oprah's fans blindly follow her and her hangers-on and in the past she has had good ratings. But that is the past. Her fans should grow up and think for themselves instead of blindly following her.
    BTW- Although I don't like Rosie, she is probably no worse than any of the other afternoon talk show hosts on now. I always agree with her comments about Donald Trump. She is right on with that.

  • Shuny | March 17, 2012 1:47 PMReply

    I don't understand why Discovery Channel is still willing to waste money on a has been. Oprah has been losing popularity for a very long time. Her network (?) was dead on arrival. Discovery should not have wasted any money on it. If Oprah, the arrogant, conceited, self-centered, half wit wanted to continue, it should have been with her money. She is so blinded by her own love for herself that she can't believe that her time has come and gone a long time ago. She got her show only because the networks were looking for someone who was not the white, male, Phil Donahue type. She was always a bad interviewer who thought she was so clever. She thought she was wowing everyone with her pearls of wisdom. Everything she endorsed has been fraudulent, whether it was books, diets or people like Dr. Phil. She always thought she was so cute like the time she thought vajayjay was a wonderful substitue for vagina. It might be for an seven year old.
    The only one more stupid and low-class than Oprah is Rosie. They were a good pair.

  • Nadine | March 17, 2012 5:21 PM

    "half-wit"? Your clearly do not know the definition. Your statement is so backwards that I wonder if you're on the right boards...

  • Donnadara | March 17, 2012 4:46 PM

    Wow! That is some strong Oprah hate you have there. I guess you never paid attention to the strong ratings of the Oprah Winfrey Show which beat every other talk show forever and that those product endorsements that you called fraudulent, made those products millions of dollars. Step into reality. She created Dr. Oz, Dr. Phil and Suze Orman. So what, the Rosie Show did not take off? I am enjoying the OWN network, particularly since Oprah has taken a more hands on role and gotten rid of some of the celebrity driven vehicles. I particularly enjoy the documentaries, Lisa Ling's progam and I am looking forward to Iyanla Vanzant's program. And I loved the Lifeclass.

  • Keepingitreal | March 17, 2012 1:03 PMReply

    Rosie show was ok. It became better when she mad it more intimate by doing the One on One interviews. I was one of the 200,000 that tuned in faithfully everyday. Its someting about this big mouth lesbian that I just love. I'm guess its because I am drawn to people who don't usually fit in. I'm going to missed hearing her big mouth 5 days a week. BTW: I think Rosie is the right person to play Abby Lee Miller.

  • ChgoSista | March 17, 2012 12:44 PMReply

    Rosie O'Donnell is definitely not everyone's cup of tea (pun intended). I wish Oprah would never have dealt with her in the first place.

  • ChgoSista | March 18, 2012 4:15 PM

    C. Jones: :-)

  • C.Jones | March 17, 2012 4:16 PM

    Where's the pun? Did I miss something?

  • James | March 17, 2012 12:30 PMReply

    OWN, sadly, seems destined to oblivion. Oprah's interview with Whitney Houston's daughter brought in good ratings, but that was a one time thing.

    There is no compelling program that is different from other networks. The line up is the same as one would find on any other cable channel.

    Oprah mistakenly chose not to pick up ABC's recently cancelled soap operas "All My Children" and "One Life to Live." Both programs had a built in audience of 2.3 million viewers. No program on OWN has ever achieved those kinds of ratings. The soaps would have brought a dedicated group of viewers to OWN.

    Can anyone think of any must see programs on OWN? Many of the cable networks are ramping up production of serialized scripted dramas. Where was AMC before its night times soaps, "Mad Men" and "The Walking Dead"? ABCFamily finally took off by producing teen soap operas.

  • Saynay | March 17, 2012 1:53 PM

    I agree as well. What is even worth watching on OWN? Most of the programs snippets I've seen are all cheesy mashup shows of TLC and Discovery ID...fine if you're stuck at home bored for an afternoon but nothing to cultivate regular viewership. If Oprah wants this channel to survive, then she better get serious about putting in some people willing to take a sledge hammer to the programming and pursue some interesting development.

  • Michele | March 17, 2012 1:00 PM

    I agree about her not picking up the soaps. I know they are very expensive to produce, but I really think the shows could have been transitioned to something weekly instead of daily and made their money back. ABC is developing a ton of prime time soaps right now, dallas is returning etc. she could have had the originals. It seemed like Oprah really put the carriage in front of the horse with this whole deal. How much of OWN's budget was allotted for program development? What is her channel even about?

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