Stunner: “The Rosie Show” a Ratings Disaster

Posted by on Mar 09, 2012 at 7:48 am

Maybe in an effort to bump up the ratings they can have Sandra Fluke on.

Oh wait, she’s already jumped the shark, just like this slob.

Rosie O’Donnell’s TV history is repeating itself — and, as in the past, it’s getting ugly.

O’Donnell’s talk show, “The Rosie Show,” is imploding just five months after launching on Oprah Winfrey’s little-watched OWN cable network.

Not only is “The Rosie Show” a ratings disaster — it averaged just 150,000 viewers last week — but O’Donnell is selling her $2.5 million mansion in Chicago, where the show tapes, and reportedly wants to move the production to New York. That would leave producer Harpo with empty, expensive, unused studio space it might not want to surrender so easily.

Things have really worked out for Oprah since leaving daytime, huh? Maybe she should just go wall-to-wall with Obama programming.

O’Donnell pledged to tone it down when Winfrey hired her as the friendly face of OWN — and as a lead-in for Winfrey’s showcase, “Oprah’s Next Chapter,” which is also flailing — but whatever feel-good vibes were there in the beginning have apparently evaporated along with O’Donnell’s numbers.

After a decent first week in the ratings, “The Rosie Show” has trended steadily downward (it’s averaged 234,000 viewers through Feb. 27, according to Nielsen data).

And she’s being paid millions. Isn’t America a great country?


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