Is the end just about here for “The Meredith Vieira Show” after two years on the air? Based on some reports out there, sad news is coming for some longtime fans.
According to the New York Post, the daytime talk show will be ending in March following some low ratings over the course of its run. This is ultimately the latest in a long line of talk shows that have not lasted, including one by Vieira’s fellow former “Today Show” host in Katie Couric. This is a very hard climate in which any television personality can succeed. There are now so many more options in the daytime, and there’s also DVR machines and streaming providers like Netflix. It used to be that you watched these shows to get discussion on current events and relevant interviews, but there are so many other venues now.
In the end, we’ll of course continue to root for Vieira. She was the host of “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?” when we appeared on it back in 2006, and we continue to wish her the best in everything that she does. We wouldn’t mind seeing her stick around in some other capacity in daytime television if the opportunity arises.
Do we still think more daytime talk shows will be attempted over the course of the next few years? Sure, but one of the biggest misnomers out there is that these are the highest-rated programs in syndicated TV when they are not. Nobody even comes close to the sort of dominance that “Judge Judy” has in this space week in and week out, which is why she is paid shocking amounts of money.
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