Comedy Central has cancelled The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore after two seasons.
The cable net has opted not to renew the half-hour series for Season 3, with Thursday’s episode representing the last in the series before retiring to the cancellation graveyard.
Comedy Central president Kent Alterman claims the cancellation is a “business decision” as it failed to gain ratings traction with the cabler’s core demo of young adults and in key social media metrics, per Variety:
“We’ve been monitoring it closely as for a year and a half now and we haven’t seen the signs we need in ratings or in consumption on digital platforms. We’ve been been hoping it would grow.
“We hold Larry in the highest esteem, personally and professionally. He brought a strong voice and point of view to the late-night landscape. Unfortunately it hasn’t resonated with our audience.”
Wilmore expressed his disappointment with the decision in a statement:
“I’m really grateful to Comedy Central, Jon Stewart, and our fans to have had this opportunity. But I’m also saddened and surprised we won’t be covering this crazy election or ‘The Unblackening’ as we’ve coined it. And keeping it 100, I guess I hadn’t counted on ‘The Unblackening’ happening to my time slot as well.”
@Midnight will fill the 11:30PM slot soon to be vacated by Nightly Show, with the search on for a longer-term replacement.