*George Lopez’s late-night show on TBS has been cancelled, according to Deadline.com.
There was talk that the network was trying to dump it last year, but Conan O’Brien insisted that TBS keep Lopez so he wouldn’t be perceived as the guy who pushed him out. “Lopez Tonight” survived that round, but now the show, originally developed by Telepictures as a syndicated talk show, will end its two-season run tomorrow night.
“Lopez Tonight” has been struggling in the ratings, especially after moving to midnight last fall to accommodate Conan, recently averaging 400,000 viewers and a 0.2 18-49 rating for original episodes.
According to Deadline, there have been rumors that TBS attempted at one point to make the show broader and less ethnic. For one reason or another, both late-night shows with minority hosts, “Lopez Tonight” and BET’s “The Mo’Nique Show,” received pink slips within the past two weeks.
TBS said in a statement: “TBS has reached the difficult decision not to order a third season of Lopez Tonight. Thursday will be the final episode of the show. 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.”