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CNBC Canceling Dennis Miller’s Talk Show

May 12, 2005

NEW YORK (AP) _ CNBC is canceling comic Dennis Miller’s low-rated political talk show after less than 16 months, replacing it with a business show rerun.

Miller’s prime-time program, featuring a mixture of comedy, interviews and his conservative political opinion, was seen by an average of 168,000 viewers since its January 2004 launch, according to Nielsen Media Research.

That number has dipped to 114,000 this year with the presidential election campaign over.

His show, seen at 9 p.m. EDT, will be replaced by a rerun of ``Mad Money with Jim Cramer,″ three hours after its original airing.

Told of the cancellation, Miller ``has let me know that his strong preference is to leave the program immediately,″ CNBC President Mark Hoffman wrote in a memo to his staff.

Miller’s last episode will be Friday, he said.

CNBC, which has struggled to find an audience for anything in prime-time, will introduce a new business program at 7 p.m. later this year and continue with ``The Big Idea with Donny Deutsch″ at 10. The network airs reruns of NBC entertainment programming at 8.

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