CNN Axes Charles Barkley’s ‘King Charles’ Show After Only Six Months of Airtime

According to a report, the six-month run of the CNN prime time discussion program co-hosted by Gayle King (CBS) and former basketball player Charles Barkley was terminated due to lack of ratings.

Due to low ratings, CNN has decided to terminate the discussion program King Charles, which featured Charles Barkley and Gayle King.

According to Nielson, CNN’s prime-time nightly TV series starring Barkley has had the lowest ratings since the turn of the century.  After 14 episodes, King Charles failed to attract a median of 459,000 viewers, prompting CNN to cancel the show. It was originally scheduled to broadcast until the spring.

In March, Barkley’s statement went viral around the country when he said he would physically punch every black person he saw carrying a Trump cup in the face.  Barkley was egged on by Gayle King, who responded by promising to bail him out of jail.

On Wednesday evenings at 10 PM Eastern time, the weekly call-in program King Charles was overshadowed by repeats of Friends and South Park in terms of viewership.  According to Nielsen, it was CNN’s worst prime-time series launch in over ten years.

King Charles had a 20% decline in viewers since its November premiere. According to Nielsen, 139,000 people in the highly desirable 25-54 age bracket were among the 500,000 overall viewers for the initial telecast.  Nielsen ratings reveal that the show’s January 31st episode was the first to fall short of six figures, with less than 100,000 viewers in the 25-54 demographic.

King Charles ranked a dismal third compared to its rivals, Fox News’ Gutfeld! and MSNBC’s The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell.

According to Nielsen, Gutfeld had the highest average of 2.2 million net viewers out of the three cable news networks and 320 thousand in the 25-54 age demographic.