HBO is sending Bill Simmons’ sports talk show to the bench.
The network has cancelled Simmons’ Any Given Wednesday after just four months on the air, our sister site Variety is reporting. The final episode will air next Wednesday, Nov. 9. Wednesday, which saw Simmons opine on the week’s top sports stories and interview guests from both sports and pop culture, struggled to find an audience on Wednesday nights; last week’s airing pulled in a measly 82,000 viewers.
With a strong fan base from his years writing as “The Sports Guy” for ESPN, Simmons seemed like a good bet for HBO. (The network signed Simmons to a reported 3-year, $20 million deal after he left ESPN.) But aside from an early episode with fellow Boston fan Ben Affleck cursing out NFL commissioner Roger Goodell for suspending Tom Brady, Wednesday has barely made a blip since its June 22 premiere. And the ratings have been dreadful, by any measure:
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