‘The Talk’ Ratings Nosedive Following Sharon Osbourne Exit

by Matthew Wilson

“The Talk” may have returned after a hiatus, but it appears the viewers did not. Ratings for the talk show have taken a nosedive in recent airings. The drop in viewers comes after Sharon Osbourne exited the daytime talk show amid a feud with her co-hosts and an investigation by CBS.

The show took a hiatus following an on-air argument between Osbourne and host Sheryl Underwood. Osbourne defended her friend Piers Morgan, who made remarks about Meghan Markle. Some interpreted Morgan’s remarks as racist or insensitive. But both Osbourne and Morgan believe he was entitled to his opinion.

The show returned on April 13th after nearly a month off the air. But according to the Daily Mail, “The Talk” dropped drastically. For the week of April 12-16, the show ranked last in Women 19-49 and also the Women 25-54 demographic. It scored only a .23 rating and a .35 rating in these age groups. “The Talk” has become the lowest-rated daytime show on television.

‘The Talk’ Ratings Are Down

Ratings have been down for the show for sometime. Prior to Osbourne leaving, “The Talk” was down 27 percent from its previous season. It averaged 1.505 million viewers compared to 2.057 million it received last year.

But now, the show ranks last among 13 daytime TV shows. It’s competitor “The View” has apparently stole away some of its audience. That show is up 14 percent in viewership.

It appears to be an end of the era for “The Talk” as Osbourne steps away. Osbourne was the last original host left on the show. Julie Chen left the show in Season 8. Likewise, Sarah Gilbert left the following season, Season 9. Meanwhile, the show parted ways with three other hosts –Marissa Jaret Winokur, Holly Robinson Peete, and Leah Remini– after the first season.

Carrie Ann Inaba also announced she was stepping away from the show for an indefinite hiatus. The talk show host wanted to focus on her health after “recent autoimmune flare-ups.”

Since Osbourne left the show, some fans have threatened to boycott “The Talk” as a result. It appears that they’re following through on their threat. But given the cast shakeups, ratings were already down even before this recent controversy. Currently, Sheryl Underwood, Amanda Kloots, and Elaine Welteroth host the talk show.

Meanwhile, “The Talk” continues to make headlines for the ongoing feud between Osbourne and her co-hosts. Underwood took digs at her former co-host when the show returned in April. Likewise, Osbourne told her side of the story in an interview on “Real Time with Bill Maher.”