SBD/June 21, 2011/Media

Comedy Central Cancels "Sports Show With Norm Macdonald," "Onion SportsDome"

Comedy Central canceled its sports news show "Sports Show with Norm Macdonald" after one season. The show, which served as a Tuesday night lead-in for "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart," debuted April 12. "We will not be moving forward with production on a new season of 'Sports Show,'" Comedy Central Senior VP/Corporate Communication Steve Albani said via e-mail. In its two-month run, the show averaged 962,000 viewers in its 10:30pm ET timeslot (John Ourand, THE DAILY). Macdonald said that he "was open to hosting a similar-style program and talked up 'an Internet campaign to save the show.'" Macdonald: "Maybe I'll call (the network) and ask them to bring it back. I'll say, 'Just bring it back. How much could it hurt television, really?'" (EW.com, 6/20). The chart below lists ratings and viewership for all nine episodes.

EPISODE DATE
U.S. RATING
VIEWERS (000)
4/12
0.7
1,011
4/19
0.5
650
4/26
0.7
915
5/3
0.7
980
5/10
0.6
784
5/17
0.9
1,260
5/24
0.7
1,007
5/31
0.7
1,114
6/7
0.7
944
     

PEELING BACK THE ONION: DAILY VARIETY's Jon Weisman reported Comedy Central also has "declined to renew" "Onion SportsDome" for a second season. The show, which ran from January-March, "was in a similar ratings neighborhood" as Macdonald's show (VARIETY.com, 6/20).

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