Any Given Wednesday with Bill Simmons is an American talk show hosted by Bill Simmons. The series premiered on June 22, 2016, on HBO. On November 4, 2016, HBO announced it had canceled the series.
|Any Given Wednesday with Bill Simmons|
|Created by||Bill Simmons|
|Presented by||Bill Simmons|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||17|
|Executive producer(s)||Stuart Miller|
|Running time||30 minutes|
|Original release||June 22 –|
November 9, 2016
|No.||Guest(s)||Original air date||US viewers|
|1||June 22, 2016||0.260|
|2||June 29, 2016||0.362|
|3||July 6, 2016||0.276|
|4||July 13, 2016||0.191|
|5||July 27, 2016||0.163|
|6||August 3, 2016||0.247|
|7||August 10, 2016||0.220|
|8||August 17, 2016||0.204|
|9||September 7, 2016||0.217|
|10||September 14, 2016||0.148|
|11||September 21, 2016||0.159|
|12||September 28, 2016||0.144|
|13||October 5, 2016||0.267|
|14||October 19, 2016||0.115|
|15||October 26, 2016||0.082|
|16||November 2, 2016||N/A|
|17||November 9, 2016||0.167|
According to Nielsen live-plus-same-day data, through its first fifteen weeks, Any Given Wednesday averaged 203,667 live viewers per episode. HBO announced that the show averaged a total of 2.4 million weekly views across all platforms during that same time period.
Any Given Wednesday was met with negative to mixed reviews. Review aggregation website Metacritic gives the show a 51 out of 100, indicating "mixed or average reviews." As of September 2016, it held a 50% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Bill Simmons was quoted as saying "We loved making that show, but unfortunately it never resonated with audiences like we hoped. And that's on me."
On November 4, 2016, the series was canceled by HBO. The final episode aired on November 9, 2016. Bill Simmons also issued a statement regarding the cancellation acknowledging the failure of the series.
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