A major shift is about to rock late night television lineup once again after TBS announced the cancellation of comedian George Lopez’s Lopez Tonight due to poor ratings.
Now at the end of its second season, Lopez Tonight was pushed back an hour in November, 2010 to give the 11 p.m. slot to make room for Conan O’Brien’s new show after he was axed from the Tonight Show. It was anticipated that Conan would help attract more viewers to stick around for George Lopez’s show, but TBS decided not to keep the show around for another season.
TBS execs released in a statement that Thursday would be the final show for Lopez, “TBS has reached the difficult decision not to order a third season of ‘Lopez Tonight. Thursday will be the final episode of the show. 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.”
The show took a big plummet in ratings after it was pushed back an hour to make room for Conan O’Brien’s big return to TV, which ironically is what happened to Conan during the Jay Leno fiasco in 2010. It was expected that Conan would be a good lead in for Lopez’s show, but once the switch happened, Lopez’s ratings dropped 40%.