Well, that didn’t last long. In 2014, The Colbert Report went off the air so its star could go replace David Letterman on CBS. They promoted from within, as they are wont to do, by bringing Larry Wilmore to the big stage. Larry promptly fell flat on his face. Low ratings and poor social media buzz ends The Nightly Show. Amazingly, the show ends in the middle of an election year, which is typically the biggest ratings time for Comedy Central’s lineup of fake news programs.
Wilmore, wisely, says that the show’s trouble finding an audience had a lot to do with its lead-in or lack thereof. It’s not every day that a network loses both of its biggest draws in the span of a year, and without a steady hand, it’s unsurprising that both The Nightly Show and The Daily Show have struggled in ratings and buzz. The show’s weird format, a yelling panel show, probably didn’t help the show find an audience.
Said Wilmore on losing Jon Stewart, “Numbers-wise it really hurt. When Jon first left, we were on the air for a little while and The Daily Show wasn’t back yet and I don’t think anyone knew we were on. We were in, like, the wilderness. And, of course, when ‘The Daily Show’ premiered that’s where all the promotion was, and it felt like we were a little forgotten by that point.”
Now, the show will be just another footnote in Comedy Central history, at least until they relaunch a new Daily Show companion.
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