The Bill Simmons HBO sports talk show Any Given Wednesday will no longer air on Wednesday or any other day.
HBO announced this afternoon that the weekly show will end as of the November 9 episode (its 17th) after less than five months. Viewership had apparently dropped to just 82,000 for the most recent installment. The original plan called for a 20-episode season.
"The show received poor ratings from the start, and viewership got worse with time, according to the website Sports TV Ratings. Fewer than 200,000 people watched live some weeks, even with more popular movies as a lead-in," Bloomberg Technology explained.
A former ESPN employee both on the air and as editor of Grantland website (which shut down in October 2015), Simmons is known for throwing a lot of shade at the Worldwide Leader in Sports since his departure. He also created the popular 30 for 30 documentary series while with the Bristol, Connecticut-based sports network.
You may recall that ESPN suspended Simmons in September 2014 for three weeks after he leveled criticism on his podcast toward NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell's handling of the Ray Rice domestic violence incident
As a NBA commentator, you may also remember his cringe-worthy exchange with ESPN anchor Sage Steele (see clip below).