NEW YORK -- The Associated Press reports Fox News Channel today announced it has canceled Glenn Beck's afternoon talk show due to sinking ratings and suffering financially due to an advertiser boycott. Fox and Beck have reportedly stated the show will end later this year.
Beck's show debuted on the Fox News Channel in January 2009 finding a conservative populism fan base while providing fodder for Comedy Central's Stephen Colbert who frequently spotlighted what he described as Beck's "crank up the crazy and rip off the knob" moments.
Although Beck is wildly popular with ultraconservative Tea Party activists, his viewers began turning away in droves this year. Beck's 5 p.m. show averaged 2.7 million viewers in the first three months of 2010 but a year later, he'd lost nearly 800,000 viewers with the sharpest decline among younger viewers sought by advertisers.