TBS has officially canceled Lopez Tonight, as confirmed Wednesday by a short release by the Turner network. “TBS has reached the difficult decision not to order a third season of Lopez Tonight,” the statement read. “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.”
His final show will air early Friday morning at midnight. The cancellation of the series is due to low ratings the show has drawn. Contrary to what analysts had predicted once the popular Conan O’Brien joined the network, ratings took a nosedive once the show was pushed back one hour in favor of O’Brien airing at 11PM. At the time, Lopez had no issue with that and was one of the people on the network pushing for the move, believing that the move would benefit both parties — the network would gain Conan and he would get a larger television audience because of an assumed boost lead-in.
However, it didn’t work out the way that he and the network had hoped. During most recent episodes, the show has drawn around 400,000 viewers overall and a 0.2 rating amongst the advertiser-friendly adults 18-49 demographic. For what it’s worth, Conan’s show is just above the 0.2 demo, scoring a 0.4 rating average in most recent new installments.
Quite a few celebrities expressed their disappointment with the news following the announcement, including names like Roseanne Barr, Holly Robinson Peete, Niecy Nash, and Ashton Kutcher. Below are their tweets:
Holly Robinson Peete, a a host on a talk show herself on CBS’s The Talk, said, “NOOOOOO BOOOOO! RT @THR TBS Cancels ‘Lopez Tonight”
Ashton Kutcher, the new star of Two and a Half Men, also decided to “send love”. “hey @georgelopez sending love your way flaco,” the CBS sitcom star said.
Niecy Nash, best known for her appearance on the 10th season of Dancing with the Stars said, “@tbsveryfunny canceling @georgelopez show is not funny! I guess now we have to do a sitcom together George! It’s on!”
Roseanne Barr of the sitcom Roseanne consoled Lopez. “@georgelopez so sorry to hear of your cancellation–you are great,” she said.