Thursday, April 25, 2024

Drew Barrymore Talk Show Renewed Despite Low Ratings: CBS Media Ventures Won’t Give Up


The people at CBS Media Ventures are certainly tenacious. They won’t cancel “Drew Barrymore.”

Believe it or not, the low rated talk show has been renewed for a third season. It averages 500,000 viewers per showing, or a third of competitor, “Live with Kelly and Ryan.”

But CBS owns the show, and has it on their stations. And they don’t have anything to replace it with. So “Drew” goes on.

“Drew” will be produced differently, however, for season 3. It will come to stations as two half-hour episodes that can run back-to-back or be split up to air in separate time periods. That may knock it out of the 9-10am spot it’s been sitting on at WCBS in New York.

The station groups signed on for 2022-23 are a motley lot: Sinclair, Nexstar, Gray, Scripps, Tegna and Weigel.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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