Contrary to the first report, The Arsenio Hall Show will not have a second season not continue on for its second season because CBS Television Distribution has instead opted to cancel the series. Apparently, the TV show failed to gather more viewers for it to continue.
Despite having some loyal fans, The Arsenio Hall Show failed to grow its audience for it to have a second season. CBSTVD wasn’t happy about it and they don’t think that it won’t help them make money. They recognize the talent that Arsenio brings to them; also the hard work and energy that come up with him during the show, but that is not enough for the show to continue as they are investing on the show and the show is not producing like it is expected.
Hall said: "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."
The decision to stop the production of the show comes because station groups Sinclair Broadcast Group, Tribune Co. and LIN Television all downgraded the series compared to its rivals on its time slots. It can be remembered that CBSTVD originally announced that it will have a second season back in February, claiming that the series can reach a milestone because of the way it is patronized by new generations.
For Hall, it was his second time as the host of a syndicated talk show, which was launched in September and was anchored on 17 stations owned by Tribune Broadcasting -- a partner in the production of the show that include viewers from New York, Los Angeles and Chicago. The series was shown at 11 p.m. and goes head-to-head with local news and off-network syndicated shows. The second half-hour of Hall's show faced stiff competition from the likes of the newly reinvigorated Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live and CBS' Late Show With David Letterman.
The show premiered with some optimistic numbers, 1.5 rating with households (and, more importantly, a 1.0 rating among adults 18-49), but months later the rating plummeted. Though, there were times that the rating improve, but most of the time, the rating was suffering. When David Letterman announced his retirement, everybody was all ears so the rating was even higher compared to his normal days. Now, this brought the rating for Arsenio Hall’s show even lower.
The Arsenio Hall Show is the second show that got axed after two season – the first one was Pete Holmes Show, which lasted for two seasons.