MSNBC has canceled “Saturday Night Politics With Donny Deutsch” after a 13-episode summer run.
The show first premiered in May and ran just shy of four months, with its final episode airing on Aug. 17. MSNBC will fill the hourlong Saturday slot with reruns of Chris Hayes’s weeknight show, “All In.” Meanwhile, Deutsch will still make appearances on the network’s “Morning Joe” and “Deadline White House” shows, Deutsch tweeted on Thursday.
“Saturday Night Politics” marks Deutsch’s fifth canceled TV hosting gig. Prior to his MSNBC show, Deutsch played a comedic version of himself on USA’s “Donny!” until 2016, hosted CNN’s “(Get to) The Point” for a week in 2013, and led CNBC’s “The Big Idea With Donny Deutsch” from 2004-2008. He also briefly hosted MSNBC’s “America the Angry” in 2010 but was pulled from the air following a segment criticizing the political and sports commentator Keith Olbermann.
Though “Saturday Night Politics” was MSNBC’s most-watched Saturday night show, averaging 800,000 total viewers, it lagged behind competing programs like “CNN Newsroom” and Fox’s “Watters World” in the 25-54 year old demographic with an average of 101,000 viewers, according to Nielsen Media Research.
“I’m beyond grateful for all of your help in making it@MSNBC ‘s highest rated Saturday night program EVER! So surreal! I’ll see you all on @Morning_Joe @DeadlineWH, and across MSNBC very soon,” Deutsch said in his tweet.
With summer coming to a close, so does my season run on MSNBC w/ @SNPonMSNBC. I’m beyond grateful for all of your help in making it @MSNBC ’s highest rated Saturday night program EVER! So surreal! I’ll see you all on @Morning_Joe @DeadlineWH, and across MSNBC very soon.
— Donny Deutsch (@DonnyDeutsch) August 29, 2019
MSNBC declined to comment.