By the early part of August, it will no longer be time for “@midnight.”
Comedy Central, host/executive producer Chris Hardwick and production company Funny or Die have decided to bring the comedy game show to an end. The final week for the show will begin July 31, with the show’s 600th episode serving as the last one.
“We took a big macro look and we started having conversations with Chris,” Comedy Central president Kent Alterman tells Deadline, which first reported the news. “… It was a little bit of the audience telling us over time, and we mutually thought, ‘You know what, maybe we should walk away holding our heads high and proud, full of appreciation and gratitude.'”
Adds Hardwick, “It has been a dream to come to work 600 times to make inappropriate jokes about the Internet with my fellow comedian friends. I could not be more proud of this show, staff and crew and at the end of the day, I think we accomplished everything we wanted to accomplish.”
“@midnight” has averaged about 315,000 viewers in its initial airings over its past several weeks; it has drawn fairly consistent audiences over the past couple years, typically bringing in numbers in the mid-400,000s (including delayed viewing). More than half of those viewers are in the 18-49 demographic, and the show has one of the youngest median viewer ages in all of late night.
Hardwick has a whole lot of other TV work to occupy his time. He fronts the “Talking” franchise on AMC, hosts NBC’s game show “The Wall” and is developing another series there called “The Awesome Show.”