TJ Holmes' BET Show 'Don't Sleep' Moved to Once a Week Starting Tonight
"Don't Sleep" will now air once a week for an hour
Tonight journalist T.J. Holmes' late-night BET show "Don't Sleep" will be moving from its previous nightly half-hour format to a one-hour, once-a-week airing.
The show hasn't had the success BET executives hoped it would.
“To be honest, the ratings haven’t been great in the past two weeks," said BET CEO Debra Lee. "Our audience always says they want this kind of programming, but they don’t show up.”
Since "Don’t Sleep" premiered in October it has seen underwhelming numbers, averaging 349,000 viewers a night in the 11 p.m. slot.
Lee said the network was hoping to have "a Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert-type show." Stewart's "Daily Show" averages between 1.5-2 million viewers a night, while the "Colbert Report" garners between 1-1.5 million.
TJ Holmes at least seemed optimistic about the change.
“I am excited to have more time to delve into the topics that affect our community, content that will ignite, inspire, educate and empower us as a passionate collective and community,” he said. “The election proved people of color are a coveted segment within society with voices that deserve and require platforms and time to be heard so resolve and solutions can be implemented towards greater change.”