‘Wall Street Week’ to End Its Run June 24

Mar 24, 2005  •  Post A Comment

“Wall Street Week” has hit the end of the road.

The weekly PBS business show created by Louis Rukeyser 35 years ago will air its final episode June 24, closing the chapter on a show that has been rife with controversy ever since show producer Maryland Public Television ousted Mr. Rukeyser three years ago in a bid to lure younger viewers.

Pushing out Mr. Rukeyser proved a disastrous move for the program, which at one time boasted of more than 1 million weekly viewers and was of the most-watched programs on public television.

MPT teamed with Fortune magazine and renamed the show “Wall Street Week With Fortune,” but the revamped series never caught on with younger viewers and in fact alienated many of the original show’s loyal watchers. On top of that, many analysts and money managers who were frequent guests on the show protested Mr. Rukeyser’s removal by refusing to appear on the show.

Mr. Rukeyser, who made clear he was angered by MPT’s move, joined with CNBC to create a competing show, “Louis Rukeyser’s Wall Street.” However, illness forced Mr. Rukeyser to stop doing the show in December.