CBS Cancels Arsenio Hall’s Late-Night Talk Show

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The plug has been pulled on Arsenio Hall’s late-night talk show, for the second time.

CBS Television Distribution, which had renewed Arsenio Hall for a second season with much fanfare in February, changed its tune, and late Friday said the season that ended May 21 would be the only one for Hall, who had a five-year run with a more successful version of the show from 1989-94.

Though his revived show had a decent start early last September, it faded fast, averaging just 1 million viewers in a crowded late-night field, and several station owners made plans to move Hall to weaker time slots.

“While there are many loyal fans of the show, the series did not grow its audience enough to continue,” CBS said in a statement. The audience, in total and among young adults, was about the same as for Bethenny, Bethenny Frankel’s daytime show, cancelled earlier after one season. And Katie Couric’s show is also ending this year, despite a generally improved ratings for daytime TV.

“We all knew it would be a challenge,” Hall said in a statement released by CBS. “I’m gratified for the year we’ve had and proud of the show we created.”

Gary Levin

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