3:37pm PT by Kate Stanhope
NBC Cancels 'Best Time Ever With Neil Patrick Harris'
The clock has run out on Best Time Ever.
NBC has canceled Neil Patrick Harris' variety show after one season, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.
However, the network will stay in business with the Emmy winner via a production deal with his Prediction Productions banner.
The ambitious live program, based on the British format Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway, featured a combination of stunts, performances, comedy sketches and celebrity appearances by the likes of Reese Witherspoon and Tyler Perry.
In recent years, NBC has made live programming such as Best Time Ever and The Wiz Live! a top priority in an effort to lure more live viewers.
But unlike The Wiz Live's recent ratings success, Best Time Ever drew more modest numbers. The first of the new broadcast offerings to premiere, the series opened to a 1.9 rating among adults 18-49 before gradually falling to a 1.3 rating for its eighth and final episode, which aired in November.
Best Time Ever marked Harris' return to television following the nine-year run of How I Met Your Mother. With numerous awards show-hosting gigs under his belt (Oscars, Emmys, Tonys), a variety show seemed like a natural fit for the actor as well as for NBC. The network had previously tried to launch a variety show with a one-time special hosted by Maya Rudolph in 2014.
Best Time Ever was produced by ITV America.