'America's Next Top Model' to end after 12 years on the air

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America's 22nd Next Top Model will be its last. After an aggressive number of cycles and 12 years on the air, the fashion-focused reality competition will air its final episode this fall.

Creator and host Tyra Banks signaled the news on Wednesday, tweeting, "Thinking #ANTM22 should be our last cycle. I truly believe it's time. May your pics be forever fierce. Keep on Smizing!" The CW confirmed the news shortly afterwards.

Top Model has held a unique distinction on the TV dial. It moved over to the CW's inaugural season in 2006 from the UPN -; and it's been the last lingering series from the now-defunct network for some time. Produced by The Tyra Banks Company (formerly Bankable Productions), the series is responsible for launching the career of several models and actresses. Adrianne Curry, YaYa DaCosta and Analeigh Tipton are all Top Model graduates.

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TV personality Tyra Banks attends a celebration of the CW networks launch of "High Society", "Fly Girls" and cycle 14 of "America's Next Top Model" in New York, on Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2010. (AP Photo/Peter Kramer)
SANTA MONICA, CA - OCTOBER 02: Bello Sanchez of 'America's Next Top Model' attends the Premiere Of Cinema Libre Studio's 'Olvidados' held at Laemmle Royal Theatre on October 2, 2015 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images)
Nigel Barker from the "America's Next Top Model' reality television show, attends the BCBG - Max Azria 2008 spring/summer show during Fashion Week in New York, Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2007. (AP Photo/John Smock)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - JULY 28: Model Kacey Leggett attends 'America's Next Top Model' Cycle 22 premiere party at Greystone Manor on July 28, 2015 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Vincent Sandoval/WireImage)
Tyra Banks, right, executive producer and host of "America's Next Top Model" and Danielle Evans, the show's 2006 winner, arrive for the announcement of the CW Network premiere fall schedule in New York, Thursday May 18, 2006. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
Makeup artist, creative director and America's Next Top Model cast member, Jay Manuel poses before the L.A.M.B. spring 2008 collection is modeled during Fashion Week in New York, Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2007. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)
America's Next Top Model CariDee English is seen during the Heatherette Fall 2007 Collection, held at Bryant Park, Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2007 in New York. (AP Photo/Dima Gavrysh)
Tyra Banks, right, executive producer and host of "America's Next Top Model" and Danielle Evans, the show's 2006 winner, pose as they arrive for the announcement of the CW Network premiere fall schedule in New York, Thursday May 18, 2006. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
Jaslene, winner of "America's Next Top Model" reality show contest appears on MTV's Total Request Live, Monday, May 21, 2007 in New York CIty. (AP Photo/Stephen Chernin)
Supermodel Tyra Banks appears onstage during MTV's "Total Request Live" at the MTV Times Square Studios Thursday, May 11, 2006 in New York. The season finale of Bank's show "America's Next Top Model" airs May 17, on UPN. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)
Vogue editor-at-large Andre Leon Talley attends a celebration of the CW networks launch of "High Society," "Fly Girls" and cycle 14 of "America's Next Top Model" in New York, Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2010. (AP Photo/Peter Kramer)
'America's Next Top Model' winner Teyona Anderson arrives at the The CW Network 2009 Upfront on Thursday, May 21, 2009 in New York. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini)
Tyra Banks, host of "America's Next Top Model," arrives with top model winner Teyona Anderson at the The CW Network 2009 Upfront on Thursday, May 21, 2009 in New York. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini)
Jaslene, winner of "America's Next Top Model" reality show contest appears on MTV's Total Request Live, Monday, May 21, 2007 in New York CIty. (AP Photo/Stephen Chernin)
Beth Ostrosky and Nigel Barker of 'America's Next Top Model' sit front row at the Nicole Miller 2008 spring/summer show during Fashion Week in New York, Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2007. (AP Photo/John Smock)
America's Next Top Model Jaslene Gonzalez arrives at the 2007 National Council of La Raza ALMA Awards in Pasadena, Calif. Friday, June 1, 2007. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)
IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR ACCUWEATHER - America's Next Top Model judge Nigel Barker, center, is surrounded by the AccuWeather MinuteCast team at New York Fashion Week, Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014. The AccuWeather MinuteCast Storm Squad is at this yearâs Fashion Week to help attendees stay one step ahead of any possible precipitation and to navigate any Prada-ruining puddles. (Photo by Diane Bondareff/Invision for AccuWeather/AP Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - JULY 28: Actress Isabelle Cornish attends 'America's Next Top Model' Cycle 22 premiere party at Greystone Manor on July 28, 2015 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Vincent Sandoval/WireImage)
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"America's Next Top Model was a successful franchise for two networks," said CW president Mark Pedowitz, "first at UPN and then The CW, and it became not just a ratings hit, but a global pop culture phenomenon. 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."

The show has also been a pretty stable performer for the CW, airing late-summer/early-fall on Friday nights of late. The current season is averaging a 0.6 rating among adults 18-49 and 1.7 million viewers. It's also the only hour-long reality entry in the CW's relatively thin unscripted stable. The network has recently focused that arena on comedic-skewing entries like Penn & Teller and the revival of Whose Line Is It Anyway?

Banks is also suffering no shortage of work at the moment. Her syndicated panel talk show FABLife, on which she stars and executive produces, has gotten off to a strong start with daytime audiences.

The series finale of Top Model will air Friday, Dec. 4, though the network is said to be mulling a possible retrospective special for some time in late 2016.

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