It's not the best week to be a stand-up comedian that hosts a current events talk show on basic cable. Just two days after the rather abrupt cancellation of Comedy Central's 'The Jeselnik Offensive,' FXX has announced that 'Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell' is next to meet the axe.
Hosted (obviously) by comedian W. Kamau Bell, 'Totally Biased' premiered on FXX's progenitor network FX on Aug. 9, 2012. The series was originally broadcast on a weekly basis, and featured the usual late night comedy mix of topical humor, stand-up monologues, and celebrity interviews. The very first episode featured actor/comedian Chris Rock, who also served as a producer on the show. 'Totally Biased's edgy style of social commentary received generally favorable marks from critics, and was well liked by FX brass.
That said, it was hardly a surprise that when FX announced the creation of comedy focused sister station FXX, they quickly deemed 'Totally Biased' one of the cornerstones of the channel's inaugural line-up. Along with the move came the news that the show would now air every weeknight at 11 p.m.
Unfortunately, 'Totally Biased's audience chose not to follow Bell to his new cable home. The FX aired first season regularly drew audiences of over 300,000 people. The most recent FXX airing have been regularly dipping as low as 12,000. No, I didn't forget a zero there, episodes of a national television show are being watched by less people than live in the average city. Even when you factor in that FXX is available in less homes nationwide than FX, 12,000 is just an inexcusably low number of viewers.
The final episode of 'Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell' will air tomorrow night, Nov. 14 at 11/10c.