"The Talk" Ratings Collapse Following Sharon Osbourne’s Dramatic Exit
"The Talk" returned with original episodes for the first time since Sharon Osbourne's abrupt exit from the show, and the ratings have plummeted even further.
The CBS syndicated talk show returned on April 13, its first episode in nearly a month after Osbourne's abrupt exit, after getting into a heated argument with Sheryl Underwood over her support for Piers Morgan.
"The Talk" had been suffering from slipping ratings even before the hiatus, but it has now fallen to become the lowest-rated daytime show.
The ratings report for the week of April 12-16 revealed "The Talk" came in last place in both the Women 18-49 demographic (0.23 rating) and the Women 25-54 demographic(0.35 rating).
It was reported in mid-March, just after Osbourne left the show over the drama with Underwood, that the show was averaging 1.505 million total viewers, down a whopping 27% from the previous season where it averaged 2.057 million viewers
It ranked last among the 13 daytime programs in all ratings categories, while "The View" has taken advantage, up 14% from last season as of March.
** The show is now hosted by Sheryl Underwood, Carrie Ann Inaba, Amanda Kloots and Elaine Welteroth, with some fans stating they were 'boycotting' the show in Osbourne's absence.