Monday, October 30, 2017

Trump Backlash Sinks Steve Harvey Talk Show?

Steve Harvey's new talk show facing cancelation after Trump visit backlash...

From The Daily Mail
Harvey's first daytime talk show, called Steve Harvey, premiered on NBC in 2012, boasting a strong 2.2 in ratings and was a solid performer for at least half of its run.
When the revamped show Steve premiered earlier this fall, the show debuted at a 1.8 but quickly dropped to a 1.4 in the ratings.
For the first time, his once popular talk show was being beat by Wendy Williams in the ratings and he's neck and neck with Jerry Springer and Rachael Ray.
The source explained: 'Steve could have continued to survive with the first version of his show with these ratings because the show was produced out of Chicago and was less expensive to produce.
'But doing a daily talk show out of Los Angeles costs big dollars and with his current ratings, there's no way in hell WME-IMG can continue to bleed money like this into a sinking ship.'
Harvey faced tremendous backlash from his TV and radio fans when he paid a visit to Trump Tower in New York City to meet with Donald Trump in January.
...the ratings for Harvey's game show Family Feud took a dip and the audience for his variety show Little Big Shots dropped almost by half.
But it wasn't until the ratings for his revamped talk show started suffering did Harvey acknowledge his glaring Trump error.
As a result of his TV talk show moving to Los Angeles, Harvey also had to move his morning radio show there as well.
His syndicator, Premiere Networks originally balked at the idea of Harvey relocating his radio show from its hub in Atlanta, although Steve broadcast from his TV studio in Chicago.
'In radio, you syndicate east to west, not west to east. The idea that talent can be fresh and effective at 3am PT for the live audience at 6am ET is a big no-no in radio,' explained a source with knowledge of the matter.
But Premiere Networks conceded to do the deal with Harvey only if he closed down his company Steve Harvey Radio and allowed them to take ownership of his morning show.
'Now Steve no longer owns his show and all of the co-hosts and staff checks come directly from Premiere,' shared the source.
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