Second Season Will Be The End For ‘Katie’

The Disney-ABC syndicated talk show hosted by Katie Couric will wrap up production in June 2014.

Disney-ABC’s syndicated daytime talk show Katie will not return for a third season next fall, Disney-ABC confirmed today. The decision was mutually made between the syndicator and Couric, who also left ABC News last month to become a global anchor for Yahoo beginning next month.

“While production will continue on Katie through June 2014, we’ve mutually agreed that there will not be a third season of the show,” Couric and Disney-ABC said in a statement. “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.”

Katie has a 0.9 women 25-54 rating so far this season, down 10% from the same time last year, based on Nielsen live-plus-same-day ratings. The show is tied at No. 8 among talk shows with NBCUniversal Domestic Television Distribution’s Steve Wilkos.

Katie’s launch group, ABC Owned Stations, has not yet decided how it will replace Katie in fall 2014. But it will likely slot in Disney-ABC game show Who Wants to be a Millionaire and repeats of CBS Television Distribution’s Jeopardy, according to syndication executives.


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Gregg Palermo says:

December 19, 2013 at 6:28 pm

Who could have predicted this? Oh yeah, me, 15 months ago.

alicia farmer says:

December 19, 2013 at 6:53 pm

Jane Pauley, Katie Couric. Next up – Meredith Vieira.

Amy Gordon says:

December 19, 2013 at 7:00 pm

And for this ABC cancelled half of their daytime schedule

    Andrea Rader says:

    December 19, 2013 at 8:32 pm

    That’s the biggest shame.

none none says:

December 19, 2013 at 7:34 pm

WOW. What a surprise…

Angie McClimon says:

December 20, 2013 at 9:45 am

It was going pretty strong in the beginning but as soon as they switched it to stereotypical talk show formatting, it tanked. And you can’t trust someone who jumps from network to network and now, 6 million for Yahoo? Yeah, good luck with that.

Mike Barras says:

December 20, 2013 at 12:50 pm

Isn’t this more about the IQ level of daytime audience than any particular personality? Most of these viewers want the same celebrity gossip, diet advice, fashion, etc. Hey! Maybe I should produce one of these efforts–just won’t demand too much from the audience.


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