Nick Cannon’s syndicated talk show canceled after one season
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Nick Cannon’s self titled talk show has been canceled after its freshman season.
The show, which debuted in the fall of 2021, will go on a planned five week hiatus after production on March 10, 2022. The show will continue to air pre-taped original episodes through May of 2022.
Cannon’s show is produced by Debmar-Mercury, which is having a tough time with its talkers lately.
“It’s never easy to cancel a production with clear potential, but after a great deal of deliberation and examining various options, we have made the difficult business decision to end production on Nick Cannon. We plan to offer viewers original episodes of the daytime talk show through the remainder of this season. Our thanks go to the very talented Nick Cannon and our wonderful production team, and we wish Nick continued success with his many hit venture,” the company said in a statement confirming the cancellation.
“The Wendy Williams Show,” one of its biggest hits, is ending after 14 years on the air after its host has been out on medical leave for the entire season.
The show’s season premiere was delayed a few weeks but then the show opted to go into production with new episodes featuring guest hosts and panels.
“Wendy” continues to perform strong in the ratings, especially when Shepard’s filling in, though some guest hosts cause ratings to fluctuate.
The uncertainty “Wendy” may have hurt Cannon given that it’s the lead in for “Nick Cannon” in many markets.
Fox owned TV stations in major markets air both “Wendy” and “Nick.”
“Nick Cannon” has struggled to post strong ratings, settling in at about 568,000 average daily viewers, placing it near the bottom of syndication talk while top performers such as “Dr. Phil” and “Live with Kelly and Ryan” pull in more than 2 million viewers a day.
The show faced a bit of an uphill battle to start with — its launch was delayed a year after controversy over anti-semetic remark Cannon made on a podcast. Cannon was summarily fired from CBS’s “Wild ‘n’ Out” but retained his job on Fox’s “The Masked Singer.”
Another factor in the cancellation is the upcoming premiere of “The Jennifer Hudson Show” from Warner Bros. that will air on Fox owned stations. Had “Nick” continued, this would have required these stations to shuffle schedules. In markets where Fox doesn’t own the local station, “Hudson” may air on other stations.