Although it was already green lit for a second season, The Arsenio Hall Show will not be making a return. According to Deadline, after weeks of speculation, CBS Television Distribution has made a decision not to proceed with a second season of the syndicated show. The show was scheduled to make a return on February 2, but ever since a stellar launch back in September (1.9 1.9 in households, 1.0 in adults 18-49), it hasn’t been able to maintain good ratings. Jay Leno surprised Hall in March, with the news of his show being renewed, and old friend Eddie Murphy helped bring the show to a ratings high, but the show was plagued with a slew of station downgrades.
The show was recently down to an average of 0.7 rating in households and a 0.3 in 18-49. Of the news, a CBSTD spokesperson said:
“While there are many loyal fans of the show, the series did not grow its audience enough to continue. Arsenio is a tremendous talent and we’d like to thank him for all the hard work and energy he put into the show. We’d also like to thank Tribune and all our station group partners for their support of the show.”
This was known as the big comeback for Hall, as The Arsenio Hall Show first debuted in 1989 and was one of the most groundbreaking shows for the talent we know and love today. Hall said in a statement:
“When I started this adventure with CTD and Tribune, we all knew it would be a challenge — I’m gratified for the year we’ve had and proud of the show we created. I’d like to thank everyone on my staff for rallying around me and striving to make the best show possible every night.”