MSNBC has canceled Curtis Sliwa and Ron Kuby's talk show, four months after they joined the network's afternoon lineup.
Daytime anchor Chris Jansing is taking over the noon-2 p.m. slot.
Starting Monday, Jansing will anchor "Countdown 2002" election coverage from noon to 1 and an hour of live news coverage from 1 to 2. After the election, "Countdown 2002" will morph into a daytime version of prime time's "Countdown: Iraq," only anchored by Jansing.
"Sliwa & Kuby," a TV version of the combatants' radio program, had been short on viewers. Guardian Angel founder Sliwa and defense lawyer Kuby have averaged only about 220,000 viewers since mid-July.
That's actually about 30,000 fewer viewers than the network averaged in that slot in May.
"Countdown: Iraq," meanwhile, has improved the network's fortunes noticeably from 7 to 8 p.m. in its brief time on the lineup. During the third quarter, MSNBC averaged only 260,000 viewers in the hour; in its first week "Countdown: Iraq" averaged 347,000, and the next week it was up to 408,000.
Last Monday the show averaged 501,000 viewers; on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday the program was interrupted for coverage of the sniper story.
This is MSNBC's third correction to the "this time we've got it right" schedule that the network officially unveiled on July 15. Early this month, the network announced that it would slide ratings-starved "Nachman" from 7 p.m. up to 5 p.m. to make way for "Countdown: Iraq."
About 10 days later, MSNBC announced that it had canceled "Ashleigh Banfield: On Location" and would replace it with "MSNBC Investigates," which had been airing weekends. At that time, the network also announced it had brought in "Dateline" Executive Producer Marc Rossensasser to run its prime time.
Ed Holiday, cousin of alleged sniper John Muhammad, appeared almost simultaneously on Connie Chung's CNN program and MSNBC's Phil Donahue show Thursday night.
Both programs called their interviews "exclusive."
E! Entertainment Television has picked up a second season of "The Anna Nicole Show."
I know, you're thinking, "How could they?"
One of the most anticipated shows of the season, and one of the most reviled by critics, the "reality sitcom" -- starring the busty blond bimbo from Texas, her teenage son, her attorney/pal Howard K. Stern and her little dog Sugar Pie -- attracted more than 4 million viewers to its August debut.
While it's true that most didn't come back -- the show has settled in at about 1.5 million viewers -- that's still a good number for E! And the audience includes a lot of young women, which appeals to advertisers.
The second season will debut early next year.