Katie Couric talk show renewed
Posted January 30, 2013
No surprise: Katie Couric's daytime talk show has been renewed for a second season,
Disney-ABC Domestic Television announced the pickup at a Miami programming convention Wednesday, touting the show as this season's most-watched newcomer, averaging 2.4 million viewers.
"Hosting, producing and launching a show from scratch has been challenging but very rewarding," Couric said in a statement. "I'm looking forward to working with our terrific team to build on the success of our first season, and continuing to share compelling stories, explore important topics, and create entertaining television for our audience."
Couric got a ratings bounce with last week's interview with Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o about his phantom girlfriend. Yet freshman Steve Harvey, renewed earlier, ties Couric among the core daytime audience of women ages 18 to 49 for the season to date. Among other new talkers, Ricki Lake and Jeff Probst are performing poorly, with fewer than a million viewers, and are unlikely to be renewed, while Anderson Cooper's second-year show also is being canceled in May.
Dr. Phil remains the most-watched syndicated talk show with 3.93 million viewers, followed by Live With Kelly and Michael (3.41 million). Still, both have lost viewers from last season; third-ranked Ellen DeGeneres (3.38 million) is one of only two shows to gain audience year to year.
Coming this fall: New shows from Queen Latifah, Bethenny Frankel and Arsenio Hall.
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