TBS Cancels 'Lopez Tonight'
Late-night show ran for two seasons
by Tim Baysinger and Andrea Morabito -- Broadcasting & Cable, 8/10/2011 1:26:03 PM
Thursday will be Lopez Tonight's final show, according to the network.
"TBS has reached the difficult decision not to order a third season of Lopez Tonight," a TBS spokesperson said in a statement. "We are proud to have partnered with George Lopez, who is an immensely talented comedian and entertainer. TBS has valued its partnership with George and appreciates all of his work on behalf of the network, both on and off the air."
Lopez Tonight premiered in November 2009 and was bumped back to midnight a year later when TBS recruited Conan O'Brien for the 11 p.m. timeslot after his falling out with NBC.
Despite hopes that Conan would lift ratings for Lopez Tonight, the show averaged 546,000 total viewers in Live +7 ratings in its second season, down a whopping 40% from season one. Lopez also fell 34% with adults 18-49 to 360,000 and 28% with adults 18-34 to 225,000.
I can't believe they cancelled the Lopez Show! I am furious. Of course the ratings drop...Conan's show is horrible and he is not funny!!! George was the highlight of late night. TBS just made a HUGE mistake and I hope some other station has the good sense to pick up this show.
Tina - 8/10/2011 3:26:19 PM EDT
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