Former daytime talker Rosie O'Donnell's new variety show Rosie Live, belly flopped during its NBC premiere on Thanksgiving Eve. The show, which had been heralded as the first of a return to the variety skein format made popular by Ed Sullivan, Sonny and Cher and Carol Burnett, tied with the recently canceled ABC series Pushing Daisies for third place that night.
Premiere night ratings for Rosie Live were at 1.2, with a 4 share of the coveted women 18-49 demo, according to Nielsen Media Research. That translates to a dismal 5 million people tuning in to see if Rosie could recapture the title of Queen of Nice.
That sound you hear is Elisabeth Hasselbeck laughing her prissy ass off through the streets of Manhattan, while Barbara Walters asks passerbys if they've read her new book Audition.