'Nate Berkus Show' Will End After Season 2

3:01 PM PST 12/09/2011 by Lesley Goldberg
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The daytime talker will complete production on its remaining episodes and end its run in May.

The Nate Berkus Show will end its run in the spring.

While production on the show's current second season will continue as scheduled, producers Sony Pictures Television and Harpo Studios have opted not to move forward with the daytime talker, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

“After careful consideration, we have decided that The Nate Berkus Show will not return for a third season in the fall," Harpo Studios and Sony Pictures Television said in a joint statement. "We are grateful for the hard work and heart that Nate, [executive producer] Corin Nelson and their entire team have poured into the show, and we’re very proud of what they’ve delivered.”

As first reported by Broadcasting & Cable, Nate Berkus has struggled to connect with viewers since its September 2010 bow when it registered a 1.0 rating. More recently, Nate Berkus averaged a 1.1 rating (1.4 million viewers) during the November sweep, making it the 126th-rated syndicated show and the lowest among established talk shows.

One of three spinoffs from Oprah, Nate Berkus is cleared in 95 percent of the country, including NBC-owned stations. Other Oprah spinoffs Dr. Phil and Dr. Oz perform considerably better in comparison.

“I’m incredibly proud of my hard working and talented staff, and proud of the show we were able to produce every day,” Berkus said in a statement.

Nate Berkus, distributed by Sony, will air its final episode in May.

The news comes amid a changing daytime landscape will feature daytime talk shows hosted by Survivor's Jeff Probst (from CBS Television Distribution) and Ricki Lake (Twentieth Television) join the offerings next year.

Meanwhile, Sony Pictures Television has teamed with Will Smith's Overbrook Entertainment and Queen Latifah's Flavor Unit for a syndicated daytime talk show to be hosted by Latifah.

In addition, Steve Harvey is developing a "comedy show with talk show elements" with Endemol USA that would be distributed by NBCUniversal Domestic Television Distribution.

Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution also recently renewed Anderson Cooper's daytime talk show for a second season.

Katie Couric will also host a syndicated talk show for Disney/ABC Television Group.

Alex Ben Block contributed to this report.

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