Ratings not so rosy for O'Donnell variety show

Rosie O'Donnell gives the victory sign in New York, November 13, 2003 . REUTERS/Stephen Chernin SC/HB

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - A mere 5 million viewers tuned in Friday for the 8 p.m. bow of Rosie O’Donnell’s variety show, “Rosie Live,” on NBC. The show has been dropped from the network’s schedule.

Among those making appearances on the hourlong program -- conceived as a throwback to such series as “The Carol Burnett Show” -- were Alanis Morissette, Alec Baldwin, Clay Aiken, Ne-Yo and Liza Minnelli. It earned a 1.2 preliminary rating among adults 18-49.

During the weekend, O’Donnell, a former cohost of “The View,” wrote on her blog that the low ratings and bad reviews meant that NBC would not pick up the series.

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