Comedy Central Cancels 'Jeff Dunham Show'

Network still expected to work with comedian on future specials

Despite launching with the most-watched series premiere in
network history, Comedy Central has decided not to renew The Jeff Dunham Show, the network confirms.

Dunham's show debuted
in October
, drawing 5.3 million total viewers. It would drop in subsequent
weeks, leveling out at around 2.3 million viewers.  It aired at 9
p.m. on Thursday nights, a time period that the network had
traditionally not programmed new episodes of originals.

The show was the centerpiece of an all-encompassing deal
the network inked with Dunham
in March, 2009.  That deal also included stand-up specials,
DVDs and a live tour.  Comedy is still
expected to work with Dunham on future projects, with a network spokesperson saying "we will continue to be in business with Jeff Dunham in a big way."

Comedy blog The
Comic's Comic
first broke the news of the show's cancellation Dec. 23.