10:20am PT by Michael O'Connell
Anderson Cooper's Daytime Talk Show Canceled After 2 Seasons
Telepictures, the syndicated arm of Warner Bros. studio, announced Monday that it will not be renewing Anderson Cooper's daytime talk show, Anderson Live, for a third season.
A result of continued soft ratings, despite a rebrand at its recent sophomore launch, the decision was first reported by The New York Times. The series will continue to air through summer 2013.
"We are extremely proud of Anderson and the show that he and the entire production team have produced," read a statement The Hollywood Reporter received from Warner Bros. "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. We will continue to deliver top-quality shows throughout next summer.
Cooper, who still has a primetime job on his CNN series Anderson Cooper 360, was silent about the news on Twitter but also released a statement through show reps.
"I am very proud of the work that our terrific staff has put into launching and sustaining our show for two seasons," he said. "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."
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Monday's Anderson Live did not address the news, with the host following the latest news on Hurricane Sandy.
Cooper's daytime effort adopted a live format for its second season, adding a revolving door of guest co-hosts in an attempt to boost interest after a lackluster freshman performance. Though the series recently saw an uptick in its ratings with women, its most recent week averaged just a 1.1 rating among households and an average 1.452 million viewers. Those figures put it well below syndicated daytime champs like Dr. Phil and Live! With Kelly and Michael -- and behind new series like Katie and Steve Harvey.