Pure transparency around “High Noon’s” cancellation was too much to ask ESPN for but it’s easy to imagine. “It was no ratings disaster, but it was no ratings juggernaut either and you know, Bomani’s and Pablo’s contracts are up at the end of March and we’d like to keep them if we can but for less money! We can’t cancel pretty much our only studio show without at least one caucasian without blaming something so we are blaming the TV ratings.”
Also, as Andrew Marchand notes, John Skipper wasn’t there to give the show some cover.
I’m guessing the communication of the cancellation to those involved with “The Jump” goes something like “RELAX! Sure, your ratings are usually worse, BUT you’re in a worse time slot [mostly BS] AND you’re an integral part of our programming strategy/relationship with the NBA [which is no BS.]” No shade intended to the fine folks at “The Jump.”
I’m bummed about the “High Noon” cancellation and feel bad for the people who worked on the show, particularly those behind the scenes.