Anderson Cooper will soon have lots of time for sleeping in.
The journalist’s daytime talk show, Anderson Live, will not be renewed for a third season, producers said Monday. Telepictures, a division of Warner Bros., has announced that due to soft ratings, and despite a live reworking of the show for its second season, the show will end its run in May 2013.
Anderson averages 1.3 million viewers, down 20% from the fall of 2011. That compares with 4 million for top-rated Dr. Phil and 2.4 million for this season’s most-watched newcomer, Katie Couric.
In a statement Monday, Warner Bros. said:
“We are extremely proud of Anderson and the show that he and the entire production team have produced. 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.”
Anderson also sounded off on being axed, saying:
“I am very proud of the work that our terrific staff has put into launching and sustaining our show for two seasons. 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.”
Anderson Live will continue to run in repeats through the summer of 2013.