An HBO program is getting the ax after a short run. The pay-cable channel is pulling the plug on “Any Given Wednesday,” the weekly talk series manned by Bill Simmons, The Hollywood Reporter’s Live Feed reports.
The show lasted just four months.
Simmons put the heat on himself over the show’s failure, releasing a statement saying: “One of the many reasons I joined HBO was to see if we could create a show built around smart conversations for sports fans and pop culture junkies. We loved making that show, but unfortunately it never resonated with audiences like we hoped. And that’s on me.”
While the final episode of Simmons’ show is set to air Nov. 9, THR notes that HBO will remain in business with Simmons, including continuing as a minor investor in his Bill Simmons Media Group.
THR notes: “Anyone following ratings for Simmons’ show likely isn’t surprised by the development. Even in an era of shifted expectations and changing viewing habits, live tune-in for ‘Any Given Wednesday’ was weak. It averaged around 200,000 viewers and recently bottomed out at a mere 82,000 on Oct. 26.”