America’s Next Top Model, hosted by Tyra Banks, will meet the end of its run after 12 years and 22 seasons. The series finale is set for December 4, Tyra Bank’s birthday, and CW said it was in talks to assemble a retrospective special targeted to air late next year, according to Deadline Hollywood.
Banks has hosted and exec produced “America’s Next Top Model” with Ken Mok since it premiered in May 2003 on UPN. Tyra broke the news about “ANTM” via Twitter.
At the height of its game, “Top Model” was one of UPN’s top-rated programs. It was the first program to air on the CW in its September 2006 debut, following the merger of UPN and the CW.
In addition to giving exposure to fashion-industry insiders like Janice Dickinson, Twiggy and Nigel Barker by making them judges, it also launched the careers of model/reality TV star Adrianne Curry, actress Analeigh Tipton and others who have had success on and off the runways.
Airing Wednesdays from 2004 to 2009 before cooling off, CW moved “America’s Next Top Model” to Fridays nights for the first time in 2012 and it’s mostly aired there since. Its current cycle aired for a couple of months this summer on Wednesday before moving to Friday two weeks ago. At present it’s averaging about 1.25 million viewers in Nielsen’s live-plus-same day ratings.
Banks, the former supermodel, has tackled other TV projects during the run of “ANTM.” Last month, she launched the lifestyle syndicated talk show “Fab Life” with Disney/ABC.
The news comes amid the CW’s transition away from a tight focus on teen girls and young women to a slightly older demographic and superhero series like “The Flash” and “Arrow.” On Tuesday, CW announced that it was ending romance-focused procedural “Beauty and the Beast” after the show’s fourth season.
The long-running show experimented with its format in recent years, allowing men to compete for the last three cycles of the show. Nyle DiMarco, a native of Frederick, Md., made history this season as the first deaf contestant.
Like any reality show worth its salt, “America’s Next Top Model” was known for a consistent dose of drama and Vine-worthy moments like the time Tyra Banks dressed down a contestant she perceived as ungrateful.
Let’s say it together: “I was rooting for you. We were all rooting for you!”
“America’s Next Top Model” is officially over, but it 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,” said CW president Mark Pedowitz. “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.”