CBS called a final wrap on “The Arsenio Hall Show” on Friday after one season of poor reviews. Arsenio Hall began hosting the late night show in Sept. 2013 in an attempt to restart the original Arsenio Hall show that first aired in Jan. 1989. Arsenio Hall Communications produced both programs.
“Unfortunately, ‘The Arsenio Hall Show’ will not return for a second season; 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,” said CBS.
Hall followed up on the show’s conclusion, stating he knew it would be a challenge, but he is grateful for the crew that tried to make it a success. Disappointment weighed heavy on Hall’s shoulders as his spotlight from 20 years ago was dimmed by the younger generations.
There are no clear reasons for the program’s downfall, but sources say the lack of celebrity turnout on the show hurt the ratings. Even with an 11pm start time on 17 different stations, the passionate fans were hard to come by. Times have changed, and Hall’s character was in competition with other late night shows, such as “Jimmy Kimmel Live” and “The Tonight Show.”
The actor and comedian had high hopes for the second season, but unfortunately, the TV industry was not convinced. The last episode aired May 21 and reruns will not continue.