The Nightly Show is Dropped by Comedy Central
Written by James Lang
The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore was picked up by Comedy Central after Jon Stewart departed in January 2015. However, since Stewart’s departure, the new show didn’t grow ratings; in fact, it didn’t even keep the status quo as the ratings fell 55%. Averaging just 400,000 to 550,000 viewers it seems Wilmore just couldn’t connect with a larger audience.
In a recent interview for the DailyBeast.com, Wilmore was asked how he was feeling. His response, “Hey man it’s great over here! No, you know we’re hanging in there. It’s kind of surreal these things.” While his show may have been canceled, it seems Wilmore is keeping in good spirits since Comedy Central broke the news. When asked if another network went to Wilmore and asked to do another nightly show he went on to say,” Definitely. I would definitely look for another opportunity to do this type of thing. That would be great.” Obviously this experience hasn’t stifled Wilmore’s desire to host nightly shows.
When president of Comedy Central Kent Alterman issued his statement about the show’s cancelation, he was quoted as saying, “The show just didn’t resonate with the fans.” Wilmore disagreed with the statement saying “Of course it resonated with fans!” However, maybe he should have added that the show just didn’t have enough fans.
In an interview cited by the LA Times, Wilmore was asked if being an African American host in the white landscape of late-night made his job more difficult. Wilmore responded, “Someone might make that analysis. Being on the inside, it’s tougher to say. But if you want to draw that conclusion, I’m not mad at you.”
Some have said Wilmore alienated fans after the show with guest Bill Nye. While the pop scientist was trying to explain the importance of finding water on Mars, Wilmore kept interrupting him. After the show Wilmore had an AMA on Reddit where he made no apologies for the interview. This may have added to the decreased viewership on the show.
In the end Wilmore no longer has his show, but he will be consulting in the upcoming HBO series, Insecure. We here at Best Comedy Tickets wish Wilmore the best of luck and hope we see him with another show that allows him to share his comedic talents with his loyal fans!