Anderson Cooper's daytime talk show, "Anderson Live," has been canceled and will end in 2013.
The New York Times reported on Monday, October, that an executive at the syndication arm of Warner Brothers studios, which distributes the series, cited disappointing ratings as the reason for the decision. The show, which is produced by Telepictures, is currently on its second season and will air its final episode after the summer of 2013.
"I am very proud of the work that our terrific staff has put into launching and sustaining our show for two seasons," the newspaper quoted him as saying in a statement. "I am also grateful to Telepictures for giving me the opportunity, and indebted to viewers, who have responded so positively. I look forward to doing more great shows this season, and though I'm sorry we won't be continuing, I have truly enjoyed it."
"Anderson Live" is among several fledgling daytime shows struggling to build a large loyal audience. Cooper a veteran news reporter who also hosts the CNN show "Anderson Cooper 360," is currently in New Jersey, covering Hurricane Sandy, which is set to pummel most of the East Coast later that day.
"Anderson Live" debuted in 2010 as "Anderson" and airs on most days of the week on various stations across the United States. The current season, which premiered in September, featured changes - a new set, a studio audience and guest co-hosts. Ashleigh Banfield appears on Monday's episode, while Broadway actress and "The Good Wife" guest star Kristin Chenoweth is set to be on Thursday's show.
"While we made significant changes to the format, set and produced it live in its second season, the series will not be coming back for a third season in a marketplace that has become increasingly difficult to break through," The New York Times quoted a Warner Brothers syndication unit statement as saying. "We will continue to deliver top-quality shows throughout next summer."
In early October, "Anderson Live" was watched by an average of 1.45 million people and received a rating of 1.1 among households.
By comparison, ABC's new talk show "Katie," hosted by Katie Couric, received a 1.9 rating while Steve Harvey's new syndicated daytime series garnered a 1.3 rating. Ricki Lake's new talk show "Ricki Lake" received a 0.7 rating that week.
"Dr. Phil" is one of the most top-rated syndicated daytime shows. In mid-October, it received an average rating of 2.8 and was watched by about 3.75 million people. "LIVE! with Kelly and Michael" earned a 2.6 rating and was watched by an average of 3.39 million viewers.
Cooper made headlines in July when he came out of the closet as a gay man via a public letter to The Daily Beast following years of speculation, and said that he "couldn't be any more happy, comfortable with myself, and proud."
Television personality Star Jones, a former co-host of ABC's "The View," asked on NBC's "Today" show if Cooper came out "for ratings." He slammed her remarks, telling Bravo's Andy Cohen on "Anderson" in October that he received a lot of support from fans and was not pleased by Jones' accusation, especially since his show wasn't on air at the time.
"If I was wanting to boost ratings, I would've waited to announce it on like 'a very special episode' that would've been promo'd for weeks and weeks. There would've been commercials [that said] 'Anderson's huge announcement and you would've had a cutaway of the audience [gasping]," Anderson said. "But instead, I was in Africa on assignment for '60 Minutes.' I sent an email to a friend of mine who put it on a website."