Katie Couric’s Talkshow to End After This Season

Katie Talkshow to end

Host's focus shifting to Yahoo deal after failing to connect with daytime auds

Katie Couric’s daytime talkshow will not make it to a third season.

Disney-ABC Domestic TV and Couric have agreed to end the show after the current season. “Katie” will remain in production through mid-June, with reruns airing on its affiliate stations through September.

Couric and Disney-ABC confirmed the move in a statement: “While production will continue on ‘Katie’ through June 2014, we’ve mutually agreed that there will not be a third season of the show. We’re very proud of everyone’s contributions to making ‘Katie’ the No. 1 new syndicated talk show of 2012-2013, and we look forward to the rest of the season.”

The writing was on the wall for the show in November when Couric opted to end her contract with ABC News early and relocate to Yahoo. As of January, Couric is set to have a prime berth on Internet giant as its “global anchor” hosting a regular newsmaker interview program as well as delivering a range of other content.

SEE ALSO: Katie Couric Joins Yahoo as Global Anchor

“Katie” has been a rocky road for Couric from the start. Couric and Disney had hoped she would be a successor to Oprah Winfrey with a high-end topical talker. Couric was looking to make a big change too after five years as anchor of “The CBS Evening News.”

But the show went through a number of behind-the-scenes changes with producers and exec producers. Jeff Zucker, the producer who helped make her a star on “Today” in the 1990s and guided her through the maze of setting her talkshow deal in 2011, left a few months into “Katie’s” first season to become president of CNN.

And by many accounts, Couric struggled to adapt her reporting/interviewing style to a daytime format that was very different from her past ayem experience on “Today,” with its ever-changing segments and broader team of personalities.

Ratings for “Katie” were credible by the low standards of daytime syndication these days, but she also was fortified by having landed prime time periods on Big Three affil stations, meaning that her stations were expecting bigger numbers than Couric was able to deliver. And “Katie” was expensive to produce by the standards of other daytime syndie fare, largely because Couric commanded a rich contract from Disney-ABC on the heels of her leaving CBS in 2011.

Disney’s syndie arm was under some pressure to make a call on a third season for Couric sooner rather than later in order to give station affiliates enough time to shop for a replacement show for fall 2014. ABC’s O&O stations in particular saw tough year-to-year declines with Couric’s show in the 3 p.m. timeslot leading into local news. At least some of ABC’s eight stations are expected to fill Couric’s gap with more newscasts.

In addition to setting up shop at Yahoo, Couric is headed to Park City next month. She’s exec producer with Laurie David of the docu “Fed Up,” about the obesity crisis, which is in competition at Sundance.

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  1. srvwp2013 says:

    All icons fall from their pedestals, all Katie is just among most recent of the faux celebrities in our faux celebrity worshiping society. We will not, nor need not kry for Katie. Most of us will never receive the compensation, or receive our “15 minutes of fame,” much less the hundreds of thousands of hours that “poor” Katie has already received. This is just another lesson in the fact that anyone who ever had anything to do with Jeff Zucker has come to grief and to failure. He is the most evil of all entertainment industry executives. Anyone who casts their lot with him is signing up for extinction. T’were better for Katie that she just quietly disappear into the sunset and spare us the eventual visage of yet another Barbara Walters.

  2. Give us back one of our long-lost Soaps!

  3. ted says:

    She has a nice smile and is charming, but let’s face it; she’s a nitwit.

  4. Jim says:

    Screw the TV show. I thought Howard Stern was germ-a-phobic. Ewwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww!

  5. Jo Anne says:

    absolutely but will THEY listen to us no!!!

  6. charcramer says:

    ABC will fail again if they put some new, lame talk show on in Katie’s place. They need to resurrect the winning lineup they had for years. All My Children and One Life to Live as half hour lead-ins to General Hospital is the answer. The ABC soaps kept ABC newscasts number one for many years.

  7. Sweet, merciful Jesus, I thought this day would never come!

  8. Lauren says:

    I really wish they had enough respect and consideration for viewers to bring back One Life to Live and All My Children. I’ve never stopped missing ABC’s version of these iconic shows. Prospect Park made a shameful mess of them.

  9. Jo Anne says:

    Katie was doomed from the beginning after ABC/Disney unceremoniously dumping All My Children and One Life To Live, forget demos and any other Corporate conversation it was the Little People.

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