Former “Today” anchor will transition to coverage of Olympics in Rio de Janeiro
“The Meredith Vieira Show” will end after its current second season, according to multiple media reports.
Vieira will end her time on the daytime talk show and then transition to coverage of the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro for NBCUniversal.
“The Meredith Vieira Show” first launched in 2014 on NBC-0owned television stations and quickly received a second season renewal. Sagging ratings forced a format change on the show, but it continued to lose steam in the crowded daytime market.
“The Meredith Vieira Show’s” Season 2 premiere (the week ending Sept. 13, 2015) attracted 1.077 million viewers, with a 0.9 household rating. That overall audience number is down 34.7 percent from the debut week.
Her second week (ending Sept. 20) pulled the same rating, though with 1.048 million total viewers — a 27.7 percent decline from the comparable period last year.
The show’s cancellation makes it the latest recent daytime talker to get the ax, with “The Queen Latifah Show” and “Katie” with Katie Couric all getting cancelled within the last year and a half.
Vieira was the original moderator on “The View” when it launched on ABC in 1997, leaving that show in 2006. She also hosted “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” from 2002-2013. She also took over for Couric as the co-host of “Today” in 2006, eventually transitioning to the role of special correspondent.