Comedy Central has canceled its half-hour series “The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore” with this week’s Thursday episode to serve as the show’s finale.
Comedy Central president Kent Alterman revealed that the decision was made because the series had failed to gain ratings traction either in terms of key demo ratings or social media metrics.
Wilmore informed his staff of the decision Monday afternoon and released the following 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.”
Chris Hardwick’s pop culture quiz show “@Midnight” will take over the 11:30 p.m. slot that follows “The Daily Show”. Wilmore’s series premiered in January 2015, the former “Daily Show” correspondent taking “The Colbert Report” timeslot after that show shuttered its doors.