ESPN is reportedly set to cancel “High Noon” at the end of March after less than two years, according to a new report from the Sports Business Journal.
The show, which features Bomani Jones and Pablo Torre offering up their often-nuanced analysis of sports topics, began in June 2018 as a one-hour program. It aired at noon ET on ESPN.
However, the show was downsized to a half-hour and moved to 4 p.m. ET. It will be replaced in that time slot by “Jalen and Jacoby.”
The Worldwide Leader cites “poor viewership” as its reason for terminating the show. SBJ’s full report is behind a paywall, but you can see some of it below.
Also, you can read in this Washington Post piece from November about some of the challenges “High Noon” faced on ESPN.
— John Ourand (@Ourand_SBJ) February 25, 2020
In addition to hosting “High Noon”, Jones and Torre appear on various other programs across ESPN platforms. We’ll see if there are any more plans for them moving forward.
Andrew Marchand of the New York Post seems to think the company will at least make sure to continue featuring Torre.
From conversations I've had with execs (relatively recently), I do think ESPN plans to find spots for Pablo Torre. He has been on HQ quite a bit lately and could return to former niche as an ATH guy/PTI fill in. He also has been a writer.
— Andrew Marchand (@AndrewMarchand) February 25, 2020
The mid-day time window is a tough one, and while both men are intelligent and often provocative, it wasn’t enough to draw a sufficient amount of eyeballs for the Worldwide Leader.