LAS VEGAS -- TLC has chosen to not renew its television contract with the Miss America pageant, ending the event's run on the cable network after three years.
TLC declined to say Monday why it was cutting ties with the show, which attracted 4.5 million viewers in January, the best showing for the pageant ever on cable.
Sam Haskell, chairman of the Miss America Organization, told The Associated Press that TLC chose not to pick up a three-year option to renew the contract and wanted to renegotiate a new deal for less money and fewer years.
Haskell says four networks, ranging from broadcast to cable channels, have expressed strong interest in airing the pageant.
AP Television Writer Frazier Moore contributed to this report from New York.