Second Season Will Be The End For 'Katie'
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.