How ‘The Talk’ Has Stood in the Ratings Since Sharon Osbourne’s Exit

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“The Talk” has been talking to a smaller audience since co-host Sharon Osbourne split from the CBS daytime series in late March. Prior to Osbourne’s departure, from the season premiere on Sept. 21, 2020 through March 14, “The Talk” was bringing in an average of 1.509 million daily viewers. The show then went into four weeks of reruns while everyone awaited Osbourne’s employment fate following an on-air spat with colleague Sheryl Underwood. Since the repeats, “The Talk” originals without Osbourne averaged 1.305 million total viewers from April 12 through May 16, a loss of 204,000 each day, a 14% drop. Over (basically) the same period of time, key competitor “The View,” which started its own season nine days earlier than “The Talk,” fell from an from averaging 2.978 million viewers per episode to 2.490 million, a decrease of 488,000 daily viewers, or 16%. While the ABC daytime show’s spring decline appears slightly worse on a percentage basis, “The Talk” was already struggling before Osbourne’s exit. As TheWrap reported early on in the show’s hiatus, “The Talk” was already down 27% in viewers from the prior season. At the same time, “The View” was up 14%. All told, despite recent audience...

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