Thursday, 11 August 2011

George Lopez's Show Canceled


Following news that the ratings starved "Lopez Tonight" helmed by comedian George Lopez was given the ax on Wednesday, staff at other TBS night talk show, "Conan," starring Conan O'Brien, could not help but wonder if they are next.
Show employees told Fox411 that O'Brien and his writers are not even sure if they have to address the controversy on his show Wednesday night for fear that the attention of the cancellation would take them under the microscope. Staff members said that much discussion was made about whether the 800-pound gorilla in the room to ignore.
O'Brien chose to keep the cancellation Lopez from his opening monologue and instead made sure to assert his place in the pantheon of late evening by reminding the audience that this was his 3,000 th show since he began hosting "Late Night With Conan O'Brien "in 1993.
After his first commercial break, he moved to a serious tone and sent his condolences to Lopez and his staff.
"Had it not been for George so incredible supporter of me that I would not have been TBS," said O'Brien. "It makes me really sad that TBS and George could not solve this problem .... So, tonight our thoughts are with George and his staff and his crew."
A spokesman for "Conan" Fox411 said that he was unable to question whether the show was an added risk to the next on the chopping block to answer and referred us to the network.
TBS fierce shot the idea that "Conan" would be next to go, saying that any cancellation rumors were not true, and that O'Brien's ratings are not comparable to those experienced by seeing Lopez.
But while the numbers may not be the same, the audience erosion.
Since moving to the twenty-two time slot, the total number of viewers has dropped from 910,000 to Lopez 543,000. It declined further to 391,000 this month.
Unlike "Conan" has averaged just over 1 million viewers for this season and has averaged 709,000 this month. But that's on the show debut of two million viewers.
Industry insiders say that Conan O'Brien are certainly in a precarious position.
"Both" Conan "and" Lopez "his audience erosion suffered during the past few months," said Brad Adgate, a media analyst at Horizon Media. "Conan The numbers are down more than half since the show debuted. I think there is a clear concern there. "
Adgate noted that the TBS late at night the area is a graveyard for failed comic different dishes, giving comedian Frank Caliendo's "Frank TV", which gave late-night comedy a try on the network for canceling 2007-2009 to ..
"At TBS you just can not get the huge numbers you do on broadcast. The one thing" Lopez "and" Conan "had had a mean age at the beginning of the thirties and it is desirable, but the bad news is that they do not have the huge numbers they had hoped, "said Adgate.
Lopez gave up his original ten p.m. time slot for the red-haired fan favorite in November after O'Brien left NBC's "Tonight Show" after a dispute with Jay Leno timeslot. The theory behind the move was a popular lead-in Lopez could actually do better in the later slot.
Currently TBS appears to be O'Brien's corner, but how suddenly the "Lopez 'decision comes on, no one at" Conan "will sleep easy, unless they see ratings rise.
After the sudden decision TBS, the last episode of "Lopez Tonight" will air Thursday night.

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