Piers Morgan CNN Show To End Its Run

Piers Morgan CNN Show To End Its Run

New York Times confirms Wrap report from January, saying the show was in trouble

“Piers Morgan Live” will be canceled after a three-year run in CNN's 9 p.m. news hour, the network confirmed to TheWrap.

“It's been a painful period and lately we have taken a bath in the ratings,” Morgan told David Carr of the New York Times, who reported that Piers Morgan Live will “probably” see its last episode air this March. Though CNN said no official end date for the show has been determined yet.

Also read: CNN Insider: ‘Zucker Has a Problem at 9 P.M.’ (Exclusive)

TheWrap reported exclusively last month that Morgan's show was in trouble.

Carr wrote:

Mr. Morgan said that his show, along with much of the rest of CNN, had been imprisoned by the news cycle and that he was interested in doing fewer appearances to greater effect — big, major interviews that would be events in themselves. Although a change has long been rumored, it was the first time that both he, and the CNN executives I talked to, acknowledged that his nightly show was on the way out. Plans for a replacement at the 9 o'clock hour are still underway, but Mr. Morgan and the network are in talks about him remaining at CNN in a different role.

“Piers Morgan Live” has failed to deliver on ratings in the three years since the British host took over the format from Larry King.

See video: Piers Morgan Gets Battered During Fierce Face-off With Aussie Cricket Bowler

CNN Worldwide President Jeff Zucker has acknowledged multiple times that primetime needs a lot of work, and the ratings-challenged Morgan was a likely target. Morgan damaged himself by taking a strong partisan position against guns during his yearlong coverage of the gun debate, according to network insiders.

For the week of Jan. 6, MSNBC's “Rachel Maddow Show” topped the time slot with 325,000 viewers in the coveted 25-54 news demographic, while Fox News’ “The Kelly File,” drew 305,000, and “Piers Morgan Tonight,” had 159,000, according to Nielsen.

Also read: Nancy Grace Rips Piers Morgan: It's Not Right for a Brit To Lecture Us About Gun Control!

Morgan's show has averaged less than half a million total viewers in recent weeks, while competitors draw closer to 1 million, more on par with predecessor Larry King.

Zucker has acknowledged multiple times that primetime needs a lot of work. The view from inside the network is that Morgan damaged himself by taking a strong partisan position against guns during his yearlong coverage of the gun debate.

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Morgan acknowledged as much in his comments to Carr: “Look, I am a British guy debating American cultural issues, including guns, which has been very polarizing, and there is no doubt that there are many in the audience who are tired of me banging on about it,” he said. “That's run its course and Jeff and I have been talking for some time about different ways of using me.”

  • John Buchanan

    Good riddance. What a hack. And it also looks like he might be criminally indicted in the UK for the phone hacking scandal at Murdoch's newspapers.

    • http://www.facebook.com/gerard.kennelly Gerard Kennelly

      same as polanski
      accused of a crime,, then leaves the country
      scum :(

  • SemperFi1946

    How this biased effeminate Brit lasted this long is almost as much a mystery as how the semi-literate racist hustler Al Sharpton ever got a show in the first place and continues to keep it. If you take all the weekly viewers of Morgan, Sharpton, Madcow, O'Donnell, Matthews, Schultz and all the other Loons on the Left – they do not amount to 1 nights viewership of Bill O'Reilly!

    • O'Reilly's Bloody Prolapse

      Wow, this comment section dipped into the batshit political pool pretty quickly.

  • Clay Marston

    THERE IS A GOD !!!!! … THIS TIME CNN SHOULD FIND SOMEONE WHO ACTUALLY CAN CONDUCT AN INTERVIEW AND STAY AWAY FROM TOTAL IDIOTS LIKE KING AND THIS TYPICAL ENGLISH NUMBNUTS !!!!!

    • http://www.facebook.com/gerard.kennelly Gerard Kennelly

      standing on dead kids graves
      lying about Trayvon Martin
      shouting about the NRA then tip toeing around obama
      good riddance

  • Noodles

    …To be replaced by Jay Leno?

    Although Jay Leno should be on a broadcast network, not the cheesefest CNN has become…

    • Simone

      Not a bad idea.

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    • Egill Oscar Gustafson

      TOO BAD THAT PIERS MORGAN LIVE IS GETTING CANCELLED !!!!!
      IT IS THE BEST SHOW THAT CNN GOT TO OFFER !!!!!
      BUT THEN MOST AMERICANS ONLY GOT THEIR TASTE IN THEIR MOUTH !!!!! THAT IS EVEN QUESTIONABLE !!!!!
      THANK GOD I WAS BORN IN NORWAY !
      EGILL OSCAR GUSTAFSON.
      ARTIST PHOTOGRAPHER OF WORLD RENOWN.

      • http://www.facebook.com/gerard.kennelly Gerard Kennelly

        were planes crashed into Norway
        then used as an excuse to invade (rape) other countries ? ?

  • Roscoe

    I'm surprised weasel boy lasted as long as he did. You can put an expensive suit and tie on a weasel but it's still a weasel. I hope this is the last we see of him in U.S. media other than in an obit but unfortunately it probably won't be.

  • Simone

    I liked him. He was smart. Will certainly watch him on special interviews. Plus he's correct…guns ARE out of control in this country!!!! An YES, I'm an American.

    • co1003 .

      If you don't like it, go live in Europe!

    • http://www.facebook.com/gerard.kennelly Gerard Kennelly

      smart ?
      printed fake pics in a newspaper
      stood on dead kids graves
      ran away when accused of a crime

    • Eagle1212

      Then go to England with him then.

  • name

    and Katie Couric is already getting her team together to take over the 9pm slot shortly after Piers leaves the building.

  • name

    and then Jay Leno will return to TV (and at 10pm once again) shortly after Katie gets going.
    remember Zucker is the one who put Jay at 10pm back in 2009

  • KLL

    YEA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Is he going home now, or do we have to deport him?

  • spike

    Good riddance, Smiers. Don't let the door hit you on the way out, you nasty wanker. Yeah, sure, the network has another position open for you: Head Wanker in Charge

    • http://www.facebook.com/gerard.kennelly Gerard Kennelly

      using the gun victims to argue
      shouting about the NRA then whispering about obama
      oh i wonder
      why people got sick of him ?????????????????

  • scenicroute

    My only real issue with Piers was that (like Bill Maher), he's not a qualified debater – he's an arguer. He talks over his quest's answers in a berating and demeaning way. This is not discussion, it's not debate and it's most certainly not an interview.

    • http://theronnierepublic.blogspot.com/ Chloe Louise

      Can't believe your saying that about Bill…….as a dem Bill is a ball and chain for the party. He is a gifted comedian but his insults were out of line…also he was a bully to Ms. Palin. I don't agree with Sarah but she gets to talk just like Bill…In the long run he was more offensive. Also, he is a grand self-promoter at others expense. All the dems are so in love with Bill because he is funny but in reality he uses his humor as a ruthless weapon and, as you said, does not really debate. Liked Piers, but still miss Larry.

      Strombo was one of the best talk shows out there but they would not run it, instead, endless repeats of AC 360 and Piers……3 times each in one evening…over and over….couldn't they run Strombo once rather 3 of AC and PM.

      That's where CNN made their giant mistake…CNN, find your head and put it on.

    • http://www.facebook.com/gerard.kennelly Gerard Kennelly

      piers is a brit
      americans want american broadcasters that sing the obama tune
      nothing more nothing less

  • charlsie

    Good riddance to Piers Morgan–Hope CNN hires someone Americans can understand since it is an American-based network.

    • http://www.facebook.com/gerard.kennelly Gerard Kennelly

      maybe he will go work for the BBC
      oh i forgot,,
      he cant set foot in britain ever again
      phone hacking Diana etc

  • Jim

    Caio!

  • Nick Anderson

    Adios ‘MoFo!’ You SUCKED! You can put all the spin on it you want, but NOBODY wanted to watch the drivel slip from you lips, plain and simple.

  • Ron Merk

    I've tuned into the show many times while channel surfing for something intriguing and stimulating to watch. Unfortunately, every time I hit the channel, they were running a commercial, and I wasn't going to wait until Piers came back on air. Too many commercials on CNN, and too little Piers during his broadcast. No wonder his ratings slipped.

    • http://www.facebook.com/gerard.kennelly Gerard Kennelly

      who forced the united states to take up arms ?
      the british
      now hundreds of years later
      a brit wants to lecture americans RE guns

  • Tony Blair: Warcrime Champion

    I don't watch TV, I just wanted to point out that Piers Morgan is a walking piece of shit.

    • http://www.facebook.com/gerard.kennelly Gerard Kennelly

      piers is a bully
      and like all bullies
      he can only get away with it for so long
      good riddance

  • CALIFORNIAMARTY

    It is about time for this cretin from Britain to take a hike. His show sucked.

  • 1CDO_RLI

    What took CNN so long. This Guy is at total waster.

  • Lloyd Jones

    CNN is only a few viewers ahead of MSNBC ,both are nothing but Liberal trash talking.

  • Eagle1212

    Good riddance.