We’ve seen some shows get canceled and then miraculously brought back (Family Guy, The Killing, Futurama, just to name a few), but it doesn’t happen often where a show is renewed, and later canceled.
However, it appears that is the case with The Arsenio Hall Show. Although Jay Leno came to formally tell Arsenio Hall that his show had been renewed for a second season, CBS Television Distribution has come out to say today that they are indeed canceling the series.
A spokesman for CBS Television Distribution said, “While there are many loyal fans of the show, the series did not grow its audience enough to continue. Arsenio is a tremendous talent and we’d like to thank him for all the hard work and energy he put into the show. We’d also like to thank Tribune and all our station group partners for their support of the show.”
The ratings for the show started out great, however, after weeks of declining ratings, affiliates were talking about dropping the show from their networks. Some networks came out and said that if they renewed the show, they would put it in a less desirable timeslot.
Arsenio said, “When I started this adventure with CTD and Tribune, we all knew it would be a challenge — I’m gratified for the year we’ve had and proud of the show we created. I’d like to thank everyone on my staff for rallying around me and striving to make the best show possible every night.”
With David Letterman’s retirement coming later this year, it seems like any host with ties to the early 90s will be gone from the late night landscape.
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