Ricki Lake. Credit: AP/file.
Gary Levin, USA TODAY
Ricki Lake's second go-round in the talk arena averaged only 926,000 viewers, putting her near the bottom of the daytime ratings heap.
The second time around was much harder for Ricki Lake.
The talk show host's revival of her daytime talk show, which ran successfully from 1993-2004, is being canceled after one season.
Lake, 44, returned to a changed and more competitive climate for TV talk, where her blend of self-help and family issues was targeted at an audience of older viewers than her earlier show. But the new Ricki Lake never found an audience: Only 926,000 viewers tuned in on average, ranking her near the bottom of the daytime heap. (Survivor host Jeff Probst did only slightly better, with 941,000, and his show is not expected to return, either).
"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."
There was some good news among the freshman crop: Katie Couric's Katie was renewed for a second season last week, with an average of 2.4 million, and The Steve Harvey Show, averaging 1.8 million, also will be back. Along with failures by Lake and Probst, Anderson Cooper will end its two-year 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 Bethenny Frankel.