HBO Axes Bill Simmons’ Show
Bill Simmons’ show “Any Given Wednesday” has been canceled by HBO.
HBO issued a press release about the decision to cancel the show, in which Simmons said:
One of the many reasons I joined HBO was to see if we could create a show built around smart conversations for sports fans and pop culture junkies. We loved making that show, but unfortunately it never resonated with audiences like we hoped. And that’s on me. But I love being a part of HBO’s family and look forward to innovating with them on other ambitious programming ideas over these next several years – both for the network and for digital. With that said, I want to thank the dedicated staff that worked so diligently with me behind the scenes to make this show every week – we hired so many great and talented people and I loved having them in my life. It’s difficult for me to imagine not working with them anymore.
— Sports TV Ratings (@SportsTVRatings) October 27, 2016
The sports show was initially supposed to be a headliner for HBO, but the ratings dropped down to only 82,000 viewers an episode.
For contrast, Facebook Live videos from The Daily Caller routinely double and triple that number of viewers.