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TBS Decides Against Third Season Of Lopez Tonight; Show Ends Tomorrow

TBS has canceled Lopez Tonight, the late night show hosted by George Lopez. In a statement, the network says the final episode will air tomorrow: “TBS has reached the difficult decision not to order a third season of Lopez Tonight,” TBS said in the statement. “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.”

Variety reported in May that TBS had informed Lopez the future of Lopez Tonight was in question, largely due to sinking ratings:

The ratings for Lopez’s show have been dropping this year despite having Conan O’Brien come in last November as a lead-in. Though “Conan” bumped “Tonight” to midnight, TBS hoped Lopez would get increased visibility in the later timeslot thanks to O’Brien.

But after a brief increase in late 2010, “Tonight” is dropping across key demos. In total viewers it’s dipped from an average of 810,000 in the final quarter of last year to 544,000 in the second quarter of this year to date.

“Conan” ratings are also down compared with its launch numbers. After averaging nearly 1.95 million total viewers in the fourth quarter last year, it has dropped to 1.09 million in the second quarter of this year to date.

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