It looks like TBS has struck out again in trying to find a companion show to Conan. The network today has canceled The Pete Holmes Show after 2 seasons and 70+ episodes. TBS released the following statement:
We recognize Pete as one of the most relevant comedians working today. We loved the show and gave it two chances, we just couldn’t draw the audience needed to justify a third round. We hope we’ll get to work with him again.
The show was a half-hour format after the hour-long Conan and was the second attempt for another late night show after Deon Cole’s Black Box was canceled after a six episode run. The Pete Holmes Show was heavily focused on sketches with minimal focus on interviews, garnering mixed reviews.
Ratings for the show were never huge, averaging somewhere between 250,000-400,000 per night, but was heavily followed through social media including YouTube. It will be interesting to see what TBS tries to pair with Conan next, or if the network will just decide to do movie reruns instead.
While never too big in the ratings either, the last time TBS had 2 successful late night shows was when TBS paired Conan with Lopez Tonight. Maybe the network needs another hour-long format with a different spin.
What do you think should air after Conan? Should it be another half-hour format? Or should TBS bring back another hour-long series? Sound off below!