Twentieth Pulls The Plug On 'Ricki Lake'

The syndicator says low ratings mean the freshman talk show won't be back for another season after finishing out this one.
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In its first turn in syndication, Ricki Lake's talk show aired for 11 seasons, from 1993-93 through 2003-04.

In its second turn, it lasted only one.

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Distributor Twentieth Television said today that The Ricki Lake Show, which debuted last fall, would not be renewed for a second season, but that original episodes would be produced through the end of this season.

The show never mustered the kind of ratings that would merit a second season. For the week ending Jan. 20, the show managed a household rating of just 0.7, which placed it far down the list of syndicated talk shows.

"While we are proud of the topics the program tackled including childhood obesity, life-after the military, divorce and addiction, we were simply not able to break through the crowded talk show marketplace," said Stephen Brown, EVP programming and development, Twentieth.

“We would like to thank Ricki Lake as well as executive producer Gail Steinberg and the entire staff for their work this season."

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ChoppedLiver Nickname posted over 4 years ago
Anyone could have predicted this. "Crowded talk show marketplace" is understating it a bit. The show is like every other talker. It's been done. Surely something else will work in daytime.
Tones Nickname posted over 4 years ago
Disappointing. I wish she'd been able to re-capture the fun, the energy, and unpredictable nature of her original show. But when it was billed a more mature Ricki, it was not a good sign... especially when Katie was selling similar fare. Also... she did not get good distribution. That's REALLY what caused her demise. No strong stations would take her.
TVMN Nickname posted over 4 years ago
I'd sooner have Ricki on TV than the Kardashian matriarch.
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Ratings

Overnights, adults 18-49 for September 22, 2016
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    4.0/14
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    1.7/6
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    1.3/5
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    0.9/3
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    0.6/2
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    0.3/1
Source: Nielsen

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