“Rated 12th among syndicated talkers, the Meredith Vieira Show is testing a range of possible changes,” including airing live, reports TVNewsCheck.
The story says, “To boost ratings for its second season this fall, NBCUniversal Domestic Television Distribution’s ‘Meredith Vieira Show’ is testing possible changes in its format and production schedule, including airing day and date — or live as it did the week of Jan. 19, according to several broadcasters who carry the show. The show currently tapes five shows over three days each week.”
Airing the show day and date would allow the program to be more topical, the story notes, that could play to one of Vieira’s strengths, as she is a former “Today” show co-host.
The article also notes that the producers of the show “‘realize they have a problem,’ says a broadcast executive. ‘So, now, they’re testing various approaches, including co-hosts and, at least, segments that include [co-hosts].’”
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