NBC Cuts Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly After Only Eight Episodes
Posted on August 01, 2017
Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly has ended its "limited run for summer 2017" to make way for Sunday Night Foot and NBC's coverage of the Winter Olympics.
Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly saw its last show on July 30, 2017 with guest star Ricky Gervais. In an NBCUniversal press release on June 22, 2017 it was announced that Megyn's newsmagazine show was only a “limited run for summer 2017” and that it would return in Spring 2018 after Sunday Night Football and NBC’s coverage of the Winter Olympics were all done. Initially it was said that Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly was scheduled to run for 10 episodes but her poor ratings and low viewership numbers have forced NBC to stop it after only eight episodes. She is now taking "creative time off" to focus on her second NBC show called Megyn Kelly Today.
Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly Numbers Plunge
The show's June 4, 2017 premier that featured Russian President Vladimir Putin had a rating of 0.8 among adults and a total of 6.19 million viewers. Since then, Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly has struggled to get audiences interested and viewership numbers have dropped week by week. On her third week, Megyn had her second highest watched episode which featured Alex Jones with a total of 3.6 million viewers, just a little over half of the views from her first episode. Alex Jones is a well-known conspiracy theorist, who spoke with Megyn about his belief that the Sandy Hook school shooting was a hoax. Megyn's Alex Jones interview came with a lot of controversy. Viewers were shocked that Megyn would allow someone like Alex Jones in her show. Alex Jones also claimed that his interview with Megyn Kelly was edited to make him look bad and threatened to release secretly recorded audio of the entire interview. Since then viewership numbers have steadily dropped weekly and she even managed to reach an embarrassing low of 2.85 million viewers on her July 23, 2017 show with Maria Menounos. Season one's last episode which aired, two hours late because of a NASCAR overrun, on July 30, 2017 was barely able to attract 3.51 million viewers. Even though her viewership numbers went up on her last show, compared to the previous week, it was still not high enough to let her show run at least one more week since Sunday Night Football does not start until September 10, 2017. In the meantime, NBC preferred to fill the gap on September 6, 2017 with a new Dateline episode.
Megyn Kelly Today Replaces Today’s Take
Freshly off Megyn Kelly's eight episode long debut show on NBC, Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly, she will be moving from primetime to a 9 am weekday time slot. Her new NBC show, Megyn Kelly Today, will premiere September 28, 2017 and will be taped in front of a live studio audience. Megyn Kelly Today will be replacing Al Roker and Tamron Hall’s Today’s Take. The new show’s name was carefully chosen in order to fit into NBC’s Today franchise. By squishing Megyn Kelly between the very successful Today show NBC executive are protecting their investment. Assuring that Megyn Kelly Today will be seen by the already loyal viewers of the Today show in hopes that her second show on NBC will not flop the way Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly did.