Comedy Central Renews Larry Wilmore’s ‘The Nightly Show’ for Season 2

Deal will keep comedian on late-night desk through the end of 2016

Last Updated: September 15, 2015 @ 1:47 PM

Comedy Central has renewed Larry Wilmore’s “The Nightly Show” for a second season, an individual with knowledge of the deal told TheWrap Tuesday.

The deal will keep Wilmore at the late-night desk from January 2016 to January 2017. His satirical news program replaced “The Colbert Report” in January 2015.

Wilmore was averaging 713,000 viewers per episode, with that number increasing to 918,000 in the week leading up to Jon Stewart signing off in August. However, Wilmore has seen a steep drop in ratings since then, now averaging only 525,000 viewers per episode.

With Trevor Noah set to debut on “The Daily Show” on Sept. 28, Wilmore will no doubt benefit from having the long-running news show as a lead in.

During a Q&A for the show on Monday, Wilmore joked that it was thanks to Donald Trump that the show was picked up, according to CNN Money.

Later, when asked what his first question would be if Donald Trump came on his show, Wilmore said, “”What the fu-k? And then the rest would be in Spanish.”