FXX made its first cancelation Wednesday, cutting late-night talk show “Totally Biased,” Defamer reports. The show, hosted by former San Francisco comedian W. Kamau Bell, aired four nights a week, like many late night cable talk shows. It regularly tackled issues of discrimination with an edgy comedic touch.
Produced by Chris Rock, the show had received strong ratings when it made its debut as a weekly show on FX, but its success didn’t carry over when it made the move to a nightly show on FX comedy spinoff FXX. FXX is available in 72 million homes, which is 26 million fewer than the 98 million that get FX.
The show peaked with 577,000 viewers on FX in June, but some recent episodes had just 10,000 viewers, according to the Hollywood Reporter. It faced a lack of lead-in strength, with few originals on the new network.
“It’s a bummer,” FX PR rep John Solberg told Defamer. “We love the show, he [Bell] is an incredible talent. Unfortunately the ratings didn’t meet the expectations; that’s why we had to make the decision.”
Deadline delved into the show’s poor numbers late last month, noting that the next lowest rated shows in some of its key demos were drawing dozens of times the viewers. “The Pete Holmes Show” drew 61 times what “Totally Biased” got in 18–49, while “Watch What Happens Live” scored 34 times what Bell’s show pulled in 18–34.
Things haven’t fared well in late night at the FX mothership either — Russell Brand’s “Brand X” was canceled in June.
“Totally Biased” had one relatively popular viral hit with comedians John Fugelsang and Jamie Kilstein debating the existence of God; it drew almost three times more views than the show’s next most popular video on its YouTube channel. You can watch that video here:
The last original episode airs Thursday night at 11 p.m. with comedian Jim Norton as the show’s final guest. A best of show airs Sunday.
Check out some more classic segments from the soon to be dearly departed late night show: