It’s the season of giving — but sources tell the New York Post that NBC Universal will yank the “The Meredith Vieira Show” early next year.
A TV insider told the paper the low-rated program has been telling reps of celebrity guests that it will be canceled, and the plug will be pulled in March.
The news comes after the network had ¬already tinkered with Vieira’s format in an ¬effort to boost ratings during its second season, but it hasn’t helped. The show debuted in its new format in September with a 0.8 household rating, down 50 percent from its first-season premiere.
The ratings for the former “Today” and “The View” host Vieira have been anemic against heated daytime competition from Ellen DeGeneres, Steve Harvey, Wendy Williams and “Live With Kelly & Michael,” and Dr. Phil.
But a source close to NBC told the paper of Vieira’s fate: “‘The Meredith Vieira Show’ is on hiatus for two weeks for the holidays. Production will resume in January. No announcement regarding Season 3 has been made.”
Reportedly NBC is exploring the idea of a “View” – style talk show with multiple hosts to possible replace Viera’s show.