Megyn Kelly’s Sunday show to end two episodes ahead of schedule due to ratings — Report

On Sunday, Breitbart reported that the initial run of Megyn Kelly’s Sunday newsmagazine show on NBC will reportedly be taken off the air at least two episodes earlier than scheduled because of disastrous ratings.

According to Breitbart:

Last week, Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly set another viewership low with just 2.71 million total viewers. In the last three weeks, her show has failed to beat the years-old Dateline rerun the network ran in her show’s time slot when Kelly took a week off during the Fourth of July holiday weekend.

According to the New York Post, “Kelly’s ratings-challenged Sunday show was announced as a limited” run that would return after the football season. The network was reportedly angling for at least ten episodes but apparently decided to end Kelly’s misery after eight episodes as Kelly’s downward spiral in the ratings did not stop.

An NBC spinmeister claimed that Kelly’s show was going off the air after this week’s show because she needs to be “freed up to focus” on her morning show. Translation: Kelly needs to do all she can to not ruin NBC’s crown jewel Today franchise. Network executives, who reportedly have been freaking out about Kelly’s poor ratings, are probably praying that Kelly simply does no more harm than she has already done in her short time at the network.

According to the Post, a source at NBC said that “the exact number of shows was never set.”

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The Post added:

The Sunday show debuted to great fanfare in June with a Vladimir Putin interview that brought in 6.1 million viewers, and courted controversy with its Alex Jones profile, but slid to 3.1 million viewers last Sunday.

But a source said, “NBC News bosses have patience, especially since this was a limited summer run. And they are very happy the with strong journalism and quality of the program.”

With summer over, the pressure’s now on for her morning show debut.

A TV insider said, “To launch a daytime show usually takes at least a year.”

Breitbart said it has documented Kelly’s disastrous debut at NBC:

 Kelly has alienated everyone except the small band of “Never Trumpers” on Twitter and anti-Trump pundits who, so desperate for affirmation and attention to make up for their numerous insecurities, gleefully allow themselves to be used as the legacy media’s useful idiots. The only silver lining for Today may be that Kelly’s tremendously bad ratings may have given Matt Lauer plenty of job security.

Kelly’s ratings were so terrible that NBC executives were reportedly even considering unloading her contract and trying to get Fox News to take her back. But a high-ranking Fox News official told Breitbart News that Kelly “would not be welcomed back” at the network.

As Breitbart News has previously noted, “NBC looks like the Houston Texans when they foolishly tried to build their franchise around former Denver Broncos quarterback Brock Osweiler at the start of last year. When Kelly went to NBC, a television executive told CNN that if Kelly fails, she could end up ‘fading into obscurity’ just like Osweiler went from ‘the penthouse to the outhouse.’”


Responding to the news, Wayne Dupree noted:

Kelly tried to take Trump down and tried to prove she was more powerful than all the woman in America. Now she’s finding out how bad things are when you treat people the way you do. She blocked me on Twitter when I dared to respond to her when she cried about other Fox Host not coming to her aid with the Trump situation.

All I was trying to convey to Kelly was if she didn’t bring on individuals who hated Trump every night things would be a lot better. She blocked me. But I didn’t lose sleep. I’ve been blocked by better, LOL.


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