Ricki Lake Show Canceled After One Season; Comeback Less Successful

Tuesday, 05 Feb 2013 08:38 AM

By Megan Anderle

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Ricki Lake's comeback as a daytime talk show host is over. Twentieth Television announced Monday that "The Ricki Lake Show," which dealt with self-help and family issues, will not continue into the 2013-2014 season.

"I am so proud of the shows we completed this season, sparking important conversations about everything from raising children to mental illness to suicide prevention to coming out," Lake said in a statement. "I will continue to be an active and passionate voice for subjects that are close to my heart through a variety of platforms."

Lake, 44, was popular when her show aired from 1993 to 2004. She made her second debut in September.

She returned to a changed and more competitive climate for TV talk. Her target audience was older than her original show, making it a hard sell.

"We were not able to break through the crowded talk show marketplace," said Stephen Brown, executive vice president of programming and development at Twentieth Television. Only 926,000 viewers tuned in on average, ranking her near the bottom of the daytime heap, according to USA Today.

"Now, a hit is getting a 1 rating," Lake told the Los Angeles Times last summer. "The system is so different now. Even Oprah needed some time to get into her groove."

The former daytime star said she will focus on making documentaries again. Previously, she worked with Abby Epstein to make "The Business of Being Born," with whom she will partner again.

"I am excited to create meaningful and provocative films similar to our 2007 project," Lake said.

Other talk show hosts have thrived this past season. Katie Couric's "Katie" was renewed for a second season last week, with an average of 2.4 million viewers; "The Steve Harvey Show," was renewed as well, averaging 1.8 million.

However, Anderson Cooper will end its two-season run in May, when each show airs the last of its original episodes.

Waiting in the wings this fall are new efforts by Arsenio Hall, Queen Latifah and former "Real Housewife of New York" Bethenny Frankel, USA Today reports.

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