When Megyn Kelly’s prime-time NBC News program Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly premiered last June, one of her hopes should have been that NBC won’t drag it to the curb on trash day. Because according to Page Six, it sounds like that’s what’s happening.
SNWMK was given a 10-week run when it premiered last year. A drop in ratings cut it back to eight, and then it went on hiatus. It was reported SNWMK would be back in March. March is here, and NBC announced yesterday that SNWMK will begin airing “periodically” through the spring and summer. They claimed the decision was made based on Megyn’s schedule with Megyn Kelly Today.
A source tells Page Six that by announcing they’re scaling back, NBC avoids the “awkwardness” of embarrassment if or when they eventually cancel it. Page Six says that they’ve been told as early as January that SNWMK was on its last legs.
But for now, NBC is keeping SNWMK alive. She is on a $20 million a year contract, after all, so NBC is smart to not let any more of that money go to waste. After delivering the news that the show will be airing periodically, NBC announced that Megyn’s return to primetime includes a second interview with Vladimir Putin, airing this Friday. Although it’s billed as Confronting Putin, and not Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly. Page Six says another source scoffed at the idea NBC was trying to slowly get rid of Megyn by saying:
“She anchors the 9 a.m. hour of Today every morning, has a prime-time hour with Putin this Friday and will be a big fixture at political events as the midterms heat up. That’s as front-and-center as it gets.”
Another source that spoke to Page Six isn’t buying the whole “her schedule is just so unpredictable!” angle. They joked that if NBC really wanted to know what was going on, they could check TV Guide, adding: “Pretty sure she has a live program Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. EST.” Okay, but that’s just for now. It’s going to be a lot more difficult to predict when NBC shuffles Megyn off to an even more periodical news segment called Whatever Hour of Whatever Day This Is with Megyn Kelly.