‘America’s Next Top Model’ Canceled by The CW
It’s curtains for Tyra Banks on The CW.
The network has announced that this season of America’s Next Top Model will be its last, as the reality competition series has been canceled after twelve years and twenty-two seasons on the air. The series finale will air Dec. 4, with a retrospective special to air next year.
There was a time when America’s Next Top Model was one of the highest-rated programs on the now-defunct UPN network, and it became one of the first flagship shows of The CW when UPN merged with The WB to create the new network. The show doesn’t do the numbers it once did, but it still averages about 1.25 million viewers in its Friday night time slot. However, it appears Banks and CW President Mark Pedowitz feel it’s time for the show to end.
“Thinking #ANTM22 should be our last cycle,” Tyra wrote on her Twitter page. “I truly believe it’s time. May your pics be forever fierce. Keep on Smizing!”
“‘America’s Next Top Model’ was a successful franchise for two networks, first at UPN and then The CW, and it became not just a ratings hit, but a global pop culture phenomenon,” Pedowitz added. “I want to thank Tyra and Ken for all their years of success in establishing a show that was not just popular in the U.S., but all across the world.”
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