OWN Cancels The Rosie Show After Five Months

Rosie O’Donnell’s latest eponymous talk show, em>The Rosie Show, has been cancelled, OWN announced on Friday evening.

The last episode will be taped on Tuesday, March 20, to air Friday the 30th.

“I thank Rosie from the bottom of my heart for joining me on this journey,” OWN boss Oprah Winfrey said in a statement. “As I have learned in the last 15 months, a new network launch is always a challenge and ratings grow over time as you continue to gather an audience. I’m grateful to Rosie and the dedicated Rosie Show team for giving it their all.”

O’Donnell’s latest venture, airing on Winfrey’s still-kinda-fledging and definitely struggling cabler, got off to a tepid start in October 2011, drawing so-so reviews (TVLine readers gave it an average grade of “C”) and premiering to barely a half-million viewers. As of early March, the audience had dwindled to about 150,000.

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