Katie Couric's Talk Show Teetering on the Verge of CancellationSoft ratings, a huge budget and "disdain" for her female audience —
Q Scores report only 10 percent of women view Couric favorably —
have the host's Disney/ABC talk show in jeopardy as a renewal decision nears.http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/sites/default/files/2013/10/couric_illustration_a_p.jpg
One of the TV's priciest daytime experiments soon could be coming to an end. Stations throughout the U.S. are contracted to carry Katie Couric's syndicated talk show through summer 2014, but the decision on whether Katie will score a third season likely will be made this month -- and renewal seems a long shot.
In fall 2012, Disney/ABC TV rolled out the red carpet for Couric, 56, giving her plum time slots on the best stations, fat license fees and loads of promotion. The initial annual budget was $50 million, according to a show source -- including $20 million for Couric over two years. (That budget has been brought down to $35 million. Similar talk shows cost about $20 million a year.) But station owners now complain the daily strip hasn't lived up to the hype, and several insiders tell THR that internal discord has become nearly unbearable.
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