It's really happening, you guys.>> Comedian Larry Wilmore, host of Comedy Central's The Nightly Show, soon to be out of a job. The network on Monday announcing the show's cancellation due to poor ratings.>> I'm Lisa Bernhard outside the Nightly Show Studio in New York.
Its last episode will air this Thursday. That's a year and a half after the show launched, ending Wilmore's rye political commentary, just 12 weeks shy of the Presidential election.>> A veteran of The Daily Show, Wilmore was plucked by then-host John Stewart, to fill Stephen Colbert's 11:30pm spot, after Colbert left for CBS.
But The Nightly Show has been pulling in less than half the viewership of its predecessor, despite efforts to raise Wilmore's profile with a controversial gig hosting the White House Correspondence Dinner. A performance that garnered him only mixed reviews. The Daily Show, now starring Trevor Noah, also struggling, its audience too nearly slashed in half from the more than 2 million people who watched Stewart in his final year.
Comedy Central's limping late night lineup, a far cry from its heyday, when the Daily Show was the place young people got their news.>> The Nightly Show's cancellation, also coming amid turbulent times for parent company Viacom. Chairman Sumner Redstone embroiled in a bitter legal battle over future control of the company, as he looks to kick out the CEO and several board members, who question his mental capacity.
>> And earlier this month Viacom reported a nearly 30% plunge in quarterly profit. As for Comedy Central it will re-jigger its late night schedule by moving Chris Hardwick's, at Midnight Game Show to 11:30 until finding a permanent replacement for the nightly show.